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If you're a keen gardener, you probably know that plants are capable of reproducing in numerous different ways. Most commonly, plants reproduce using seeds, but some species propagate a different way - by producing bulbils

lilies

What are bulbils?

Bulbils are small nodules that appear on stem of an existing plant, sometimes in place of a flower. These nodules contain the exact same genetic material as the parent plant, so put simply, bulbils are a clone of their parents! This form of reproduction is asexual, so the plant didn't need to be fertilised by the pollen on a passing bee in order to create offspring.

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Disposing of Japanese knotweed is a delicate business. One must be extremely careful when handling this invasive weed - even a tiny fragment of its hardy rhizome root system can grow into a whole new plant if returned to the soil.

For this reason, there are a lot of rules about what you can and can't do with Japanese knotweed after digging it up. If you allow the plant to spread into the wild, you may be fined thousands of pounds or even imprisoned (see Japanese Knotweed Law).

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If you have a tree stump in your garden as a result of having a tree cut down and would like it to be removed, you have two options to choose from. The first is to get it removed completely, including the roots, which typically involves a lot of heavy machinery such as a Bobcat along with a lot of mess. The second option you can choose is to get the stump ground down through a process known as stump grinding. 

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Brambles, often known as a blackberry bush, is a thorny bush that produces berries that are commonly used to make pies and jam. Doesn't sound too bad right? Well, you'll be surprised to hear that brambles actually cause a lot of problems for homeowners when they begin growing in their gardens.

Similar to other types of weed such as Japanese knotweed, brambles have the ability to grow and spread at a rapid pace, particularly in gardens that are left unmanaged. Brambles can grow through shrubs and hedges and even between the cracks in broken brickwork and concrete, wreaking havoc on nearby buildings. If uncontrolled, bramble shoots can grow up to 8ft long and when they touch the nearby soil, they send out further shoots which quickly grow into a dense, thorny bush starting the process all over again. One single bramble shoot can quickly become a thorny jungle which is very difficult to firstly control and secondly eradicate once established.

So, how do you get rid of brambles in your garden once this happens? Let's find out...

Bramble in garden

 

Ways to remove bramble from your garden

To effectively remove brambles form your garden after they have established, you can do either of the following options:

  1. Use a systemic weedkiller 
  2. Dig out the roots

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UK property

Moving into a new home should be a happy experience. You're starting a fresh chapter and (hopefully) moving a step higher on the property ladder. But if you've unknowingly bought a house that's affected by Japanese knotweed, your joy may be rather short-lived.

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Since its introduction to the UK way back in 1854, Japanese knotweed has caused a tremendous amount of damage to lands, buildings and ecosystems up and down the country. Its invasive nature means it has the ability to spread and grow anywhere, even through concrete and brickwork, making it a nightmare for homeowners throughout the UK. 

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So, you had a tree on your property that you decided to get cut down for whatever reason, maybe it was too close to your home or maybe it had become diseased and became a risk to you and your family's safety. Whatever the reason may be, the tree is no more and now you are left with an unsightly stump and its roots that you have to deal with but what are your options?

We're here to help you find out! 

 

Stump Removal

Well, when it comes to tree stump removal, you have two choices. The first is to get it 'removed', which involves heavy machinery (usually a Bobcat) and a whole lot of mess if the tree's roots have spread right across your property. Here, the tree stump along with all of its roots are dug out of the ground a taken away. The second and most recommended option is 'grinding', which is much more manageable and involves using a grinder to shave the stump until it is completely gone. Unlike removal, tree stump grinding only focuses on the stump itself and leaves the roots where they are.

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Throughout history, invasive plant and animal species that have been introduced to certain locations around the world have caused both micro and macro ecosystems to crumble. Without any natural predators, these new species are often left to cause irreversible damage that results in entire habitats being completely destroyed as well as communities being hampered with costly damage. 

For those of you who don't know, an invasive species can be any kind of living organisms such as fish, insect, amphibian, fungus or plant that is introduced to an ecosystem that they are not part of and proceed to cause harm and/or damage to the surrounding environment, economy or human health. Species can also be classed as invasive if they grow and reproduce at a fast rate, spread aggressively and carry the threat of causing harm. 

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