As the calendar cascades from shimmering summer to auburn autumn and beyond, the temperature naturally takes a Siberian turn.

In fact, as soon as the clocks go back, it’s not unusual for the temperature to drop faster than a microphone at a battle rap.

While the frosty cold and bitter chill can be a stark reminder that summertime has indeed been consigned to history, it does have its perks – particularly when it comes to garden weeds.

Most garden weeds will die out during the wintertime and spend the cold months either biting the dust or kicking the bucket – either way, few tears will be shed in remembrance.

But does the big freeze play the part of a wintry weedkiller for Japanese knotweed as well? Let’s find out…


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To Have and Have Knot

Anyone that has been unlucky enough to fall foul of Japanese knotweed has likely been left frustrated to the point of nausea by the relentless persistence of the wicked weed.

However, the summertime supremacy of the Nipponese nuisance does recede during the winter cold, losing its leafy greens and taking on a far less intimidating persona of brittle, brown.

While this may seem to be a welcome reprieve for gardeners, don’t let this faux farewell fool you.

Battle-tested knotweed veterans will know that this is all a clever ruse, perpetrated by the pesky plant to lull you into a false sense of security.


What Lies Beneath

Though it may appear, on the surface, to be the very visual death of the once-mighty Japanese knotweed, the aesthetic state of JKW in the winter doesn’t tell the story of what lies beneath.

While the colour may change and the canes may recede, a death this certainly is not. Sadly, the wintertime is merely a powernap for JKW and sooner or later it will rear its ugly head once more.

While such a miraculous resurrection seems almost unfathomable based on its appearance , this is no miracle.

Despite the frail shoots, the knotweed rhizomes remain healthy and virtually unscathed beneath the soil and merely lay dormant in the ground throughout the winter period.

As winter turns to spring, the Nipponese nuisance will rise once more like a phoenix of frustration from the ashes, ready to unleash its wrath once more.


Treating Japanese Knotweed in Winter

If you have Japanese knotweed present in your garden, why not give yourself an early Christmas present and serve your unwanted guest a festive eviction notice?

At Taylor Weed Control, our weed-whacking warriors are armed to the teeth with an itchy trigger-finger to match – ready, willing and able to blow your knotty nudnik to smithereens.

With over 15 years of experience in the weed removal game, we have the power to banish the vexatious vine from whence it came. All you have to do is ask!


For Japanese knotweed removal that’s efficient and effective, call Taylor Weed Control today on 029 2039 7554. Alternatively, click the button below to request a FREE Japanese knotweed survey today!

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