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West Cork Town Under Seige From Japanese Weed

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I have just returned from a trip to Ireland, Tipperary to be exact, i was visiting family who live over there and my uncle said he had a man from the enviroment agency knock the door and enquire about large patch of Japanese Knotweed growing in the grass verge opposite his house.

My uncle lives in the country and his only neighbour a farmer further up the road had been cutting the knotweed back with a strimmer unaware of the plants ability to spread from spores when cut.

I clued them up on Japanese Knotweed and i think they thought i was exagerating untill i get a text today inculding an article in todays Irish Examiner newpaper, it seems it is breaking out everywhere around west Cork. Plenty of references to devaluing property prices!

I wonder if its prevalent in all those ghost estates over there? i passed many of them on my travels advertising hoardings looking delapidated etc brought a grin to face it did.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/west-cork-town-under-siege-from-japanese-weed-343795.html

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It's pretty hard to make go away!

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It doesn't take much to devalue land/property.......when you least expect it to.......nature can destroy anything. ;)

It's nature. You cannot tame it, but you can trim it, and live with it. A bit like some girl's pubes! ;)

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yes, I should post `the Tipperary song` from `Das Boot` at this point.

Classic...

I have the boxed set of Das Boot. I beleive one of the best short series ever made.

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Mutant hogweed is holding us hostage

A RETIRED couple are living in fear that mutant hogweed is going to trap them in their home.

The massive plant has doubled in size in just two weeks and pensioner Joy Laxon is worried they will be cornered.

The toxic shrub is wreaking havoc across the UK leaving people covered in sickening burns and blisters.

Great-gran Joy, 74, and husband Roy, 79, from Coventry, West Mids, are terrified of the weed blossoming at the end of their garden path.

She said: “It has grown so fast over the last fortnight it’s scary.” Joy has two great grandchildren who are babies as well as grandkids aged eight and 11.

She added: “It’s like it’s mutating and taking over – I just want it to be destroyed so it can’t hurt my grandkids.”

Joy called Coventry Council to plead with someone to come and chop it down.

But they said because the weed is growing on private land it is “the responsibility of the landowner to call in a specialist contractor”.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/455336/Mutant-hogweed-hostage

Um, gardening gloves, long sleeves and long trousers and some shears perhaps? Why must the council do it?

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Wow, that giant Hogweed causes some serious burns, allbeit as a result of combining sap on the skin with sunlight exposure.

I have been asked how all these mutant / invasive / property damaging plants have suddenly become a problem whereas in history they we're virtually unheard of?

Any views?

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Today I saw Swansea City Council workers merrily chopping up Japanese knotweed with strimmers.

Just google the effects of doing this

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Wow, that giant Hogweed causes some serious burns, allbeit as a result of combining sap on the skin with sunlight exposure.

I have been asked how all these mutant / invasive / property damaging plants have suddenly become a problem whereas in history they we're virtually unheard of?

Any views?

Well hogweed was so well known as a problem plant that Genesis wrote a song about it over 40 years ago.

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Yes I have a problem with Jerusalem Artichoke. I don`t know where they came from but they`re blocking the light to the neighbours garden. They grow up to 8ft tall.

When I say that I don`t know where they came from I`m being economical with the truth (they cost 12p from Tesco)

You can eat them too.

Btw, I find that I can keep our front garden clear of weeds simply by having a quick go with a fork once a fortnight (just before the bin is collected).......Garden.... nil...........man with fork ......one.

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Heard a story tonight about a house that had Japanese Knotweed in the foundations, it was bursting up through the skirting boards downstairs, occupants had to vacate the property and it was pulled apart so the Knotweed could be erradicated.

I have read that it needs to be treated with full strength round up (spraying licence req) for 3 YEARS! untill dormant, still no gaurantee though.

I remember reading on here about someone recommending raw diesel as a insta fix? like pour it down the hollow severed stalks?

Downside of nothing ever growing in that area again IMMSMC

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Wow, that giant Hogweed causes some serious burns, allbeit as a result of combining sap on the skin with sunlight exposure.

I have been asked how all these mutant / invasive / property damaging plants have suddenly become a problem whereas in history they we're virtually unheard of?

Any views?

Greater awareness. Quite a few invasive species were originally garden plants or cover for game birds. Perhaps some climate change enabling them to compete better. Less money for maintenance crews. More travelling by greater density of people so more dispersal.

Also some stupid behaviour. Local farmer has a patch on his land due to contractor using contaminated top soil for some utility company's project. He is well unimpressed. I noticed another tiny patch about a mile away from the site so presumably someone's walked it over there.

Some seems to follow water courses too. I notice small amounts of Balsam on the banks of a local stream.

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Water courses seem to be behind the spread of the (russian/caucasus derived) Giant Hogweed,

Introduced to the UK by 19th century explorers.

Seeds/Spores escaped into streams and floated off to establish new growths in random locations.

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Greater awareness. Quite a few invasive species were originally garden plants or cover for game birds. Perhaps some climate change enabling them to compete better. Less money for maintenance crews. More travelling by greater density of people so more dispersal.

Also some stupid behaviour. Local farmer has a patch on his land due to contractor using contaminated top soil for some utility company's project. He is well unimpressed. I noticed another tiny patch about a mile away from the site so presumably someone's walked it over there.

Some seems to follow water courses too. I notice small amounts of Balsam on the banks of a local stream.

There is copious amount of Himilayan Balsam along the route where we walk the dog. Not sure how much of a problem it is but its next to a few very nice houses, one currently on the market for a smidge under 1 million.

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Yes I have a problem with Jerusalem Artichoke. I don`t know where they came from but they`re blocking the light to the neighbours garden. They grow up to 8ft tall.

When I say that I don`t know where they came from I`m being economical with the truth (they cost 12p from Tesco)

You can eat them too.

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That's great just what i need, how quick do they grow to 8-9ft? seems they look like sunflowers.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_artichoke

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Repeated applications of Glyphosate will kill japanese knotweed. It takes years. I have done it.

Yup done the same but 50% plus is the stuff to use not the 10% from b&Q and the like

Tordon 22 is better but pricey

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Working poor.....

They are exactly at 8ft now, I can see them from where I`m sitting. They seem to compete with each other for light.

Indeed `sunflowers` grow from about September and the tubers can be taken from November.

Tubers act as an insulin substitute .....no need to suffer with diabetes with these around!

They really like the soil in our garden and grow to the size of shit after you`ve had a good turnout!!

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