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  • How much….? Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

    So…you discover you have a decent sized Japanese Knotweed infestation in your garden - it’s roughly 10 metres by 5 and is adjacent to a watercourse. You go on the internet get a few names of contractors then ask for a price for someone to… ‘spray’… your Japanese knotweed giving a short description of the problem, its size and its location - fairly simple question, fairly straight forward answer….you might think?

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  • Golden Shower Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

    ‘Golden shower’*… or should it be ‘Golden rod’….I’m sure that people looking for a certain bizarre fetish will be disappointed to find I’m writing about an invasive plant. I’ve a bit of a keen eye for new plant infestations and am always spotting strange new plant growth and vegetation areas that have changed in appearance – and one of the plants high on my ‘concern’ list is Canadian Goldenrod.

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  • Just admit it …you’re an Alien Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

    I’ve been thinking that life would be a lot easier if plants just owned up to being ‘alien’ species? Maybe if they glowed in the dark, or maybe were prone to firing deadly rays of flesh consuming fire…? …something that made it obvious that we were dealing with something that just SHOULDN’T be here?

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  • Psyllid Update Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

    Many of the articles written about the bio-control strategy being implemented by CABI* in the UK suggested that this was the end for Japanese Knotweed. The various newspaper and TV articles featured huge stands of knotweed and a typical tag line of ‘finally we have a weapon against this most aggressive invader…’

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