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Simple Strategies to Eradicate Japanese Knotweed

Every weed is dangerous. If left to thrive, weeds can negatively impact your garden and render the place unproductive.  Some weeds can even make your home inhabitable if care is not taken. A very good example of such a weed is Japanese knotweed. This weed is very stubborn and can take over your home if you allow it. The earlier you got rid of it the better for you.  The weed grows very fast and studies show that it can grow as high as 40 cm per day; imagine how tall it would have grown after just a couple of weeks!  You should do everything within your power to get rid of the weed. We will look at the best ways to eradicate this weed in your garden in this write-up.

Herbicides can help

Herbicides are reliable for the removal of Japanese knotweed from your garden at home or your commercial building. Not all herbicides can, however, be used for this purpose; you are always better off with Glyphosate-based herbicides. This product has proved effective for the complete eradication of the weed and its effect is always long lasting so that your garden can be free from this stubborn weed for a very long time.

The herbicide is very easy to apply for the removal of Japanese knotweed. All you need to do is to pour the herbicide into a sprayer and mix it appropriately, after which you should spray the foliage of the weed with the properly-mixed herbicide (underline properly-mixed).  Another way of applying the herbicide is by injecting it into the stem of the weed; some are of the opinion that this second method of applying this weed is more effective than the initial method mentioned since the herbicide goes directly into the system of the plant and kill it from within. Some factors, like heavy rainfall, can affect the effectiveness of the initial method; heavy rainfall or even heavy snowfall can wash off the herbicide from the foliage and, therefore, render the herbicide useless.

Some are of the opinion that the Japanese knotweed can be best eradicated by spraying the herbicide on the weed during the various stages of development of the weed, especially during the growing season.  When choosing the right herbicide for the eradication of this weed, you should consider various factors, like the general public, presence of watercourse and infestation size.

Uprooting the weed

One other way to get rid of Japanese knotweed from your garden is to uproot the weed. Digging out the rhizomes can bring about a total removal of the weed. Studies show that the rhizomes are highly contributory to the spread of the weed. After uprooting the rhizomes, you can then dispose of them to a licensed landfill facility.

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