Japanese knotweed can be difficult to notice in the garden, so here’s how to tell if you’re dealing with a problem plant.
According to a new study, Japanese knotweed is frequently confused with other popular garden plants, and just 22% of Britons can accurately identify the issue plant. Everything you need to know about spotting Japanese knotweed can be found here.
According to Environet’s live Japanese knotweed heat map, Exposed, the plant is now widespread across the UK, including hotspots in Bolton, Merseyside, Reading, and London’s Shepherd’s Bush. According to new data, Japanese knotweed affects approximately 4% of properties in the UK, either directly or indirectly. This suggests that it is either growing on the home’s current property or on a neighboring property.
Surprisingly, only 22% of Britons can distinguish between the nightmare weed and other plant species.
This means that nearly four-fifths of Britons are at risk from the country’s most invasive plant.
Over 2,000 adults in the UK were polled after viewing a photographic plant identification parade.
Almost half of those who looked at the photographs mistook Japanese knotweed for other popular garden plants as bindweed, Houttuynia, Horsetail, ivy, Russian Vine, and peony.
Bindweed is tough to eradicate from gardens, however when compared to Japanese knotweed, it is relatively innocuous.
The plant can be seen creeping up hedges and fences, but it’s easy to get rid of using a spot weedkiller.
Peonies, which have crimson spear-like stems, sometimes resemble knotweed as they sprout in the spring.
The heart-shaped leaves of Japanese knotweed make it easy to recognize in the spring.
They also have speckled bamboo-like canes and a carrot-like rhizome.
Roots and rhizomes of Japanese knotweed can reach a depth of two meters.
Despite the difficulty in identifying the plant, Britons are aware of the extent of the weed’s damage to your property.
Fifty-six percent are aware that the plant can grow through patios, cracking and lifting them.
Just under half of people are aware that knotweed may grow through an asphalt driveway, and 43% are aware that it can grow through brick buildings, causing them to crumble.
However, there are still certain urban legends that many Britons believe.
Knotweed can grow directly through concrete, but it can only exploit existing cracks and faults in it, according to 47% of Britons.
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