How To Get Rid Of Japanese Knotweed?
What is Japanese knotweed?
Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant which attacks our gardens at will and which can seriously damage buildings and construction sites if left unchecked. It’s been in the papers so much that we’d practically need a live blog to keep up, with our efforts in raising awareness here at JKSL a big part of that. To cut a long story short, Japanese knotweed was introduced to the UK in the late 1840s, when a Dutch doctor called Philipp von Siebold came here and began to sell it to botanical gardens and high society figures in the guise of an ornamental plant, largely because it is rather nice to look out upon. Which was all well and good until the turn of the century, when the public’s perceptions of Japanese knotweed changed, and many gardeners began to regard it as a nuisance. In fact, it quickly picked up a bad reputation, starting to ‘escape’ and grow in the wild. In the 1930s, its presence was so intense that it began to reduce house prices by £100 in the geographical locations where it had started running riot. That impact of reducing house prices is still prevalent today, although we may be talking many thousands of pounds at this point, but more on that later.