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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed is one of the most infamous invasive species in the UK, famous for spreading ridiculously fast and being equally ridiculously difficult to eradicate.

If you’ve noticed some mysterious looking shrubs flowering in your garden that you’ve never seen before, you may be wondering: Is this Japanese knotweed? How can I tell? Can knotweed even grow in my garden?

If any of this sounds familiar, you’re in the right place to get some answers! So, what conditions can Japanese knotweed grow in?

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Cardiff Castle

One of the reasons why Japanese knotweed has become such a menace in this country is its ability to spread rapidly. These days, knotweed can be found all over the UK, from Aberdeen to Plymouth - but some places are more heavily infested than others.

Learning that Japanese knotweed is a major presence in your local area can be alarming news. This invasive plant can cause a lot of problems, such as damaging the native ecosystem and driving down house prices. If you live in Cardiff (or nearby), you may be wondering whether Japanese knotweed is a big problem in this part of Wales.

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Japanese knotweed is one of the most infamous invasive species in the UK, known for its rapid spreading and difficulty to remove.

If you’ve found yourself with Japanese Knotweed on your property, you may be researching the range of different knotweed removal services available to you; perhaps you’re even interested in finding out if it’s possible for you to remove the knotweed yourself. So, can Japanese knotweed be removed by anyone?

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Japanese knotweed typically sprouts in April or May - yet in recent years, the plant has been visible in the UK from March or even February.

Japanese knotweed growing in soil

When does Japanese knotweed typically grow?

Japanese knotweed is what’s known as a 'herbaceous perennial'. This means that the plant dies down to the ground by the end of every autumn, but its roots survive underground during the winter season to send up new plant growth in spring the following year.

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The UK has been through a lot recently when it comes to weather with storms Dudley and Eunice, and wouldn’t the cherry on top of the blustery cake be that, as well as flooding, the storms have brought Japanese Knotweed to your house?

Hopefully that isn’t the case, but poor weather like we’ve been having in the UK recently can actually encourage the spread of Japanese knotweed. Interested in finding out how? Keep reading!

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