Himalayan Balsam is one of the many invasive species that has made its way to the UK. Himalayan Balsam is attractive in nature, but can be extremely damaging for the native species it competes with.
Himalayan Balsam invades riverbanks, wasteland and residential areas. It competes with native plants and can leave areas baron when it dies back, encouraging erosion.
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What Does It Look Like?
Himalayan Balsam reaches heights of 2.5 metres, and has attractive pink/purple flowers. It is the tallest annual plant in Europe, and its flowers are often compared to the shape of an English policeman’s helmet, hence its nickname, “Policeman’s Helmet”.
A History of Himalayan Balsam
As with many of the invasive species found in the UK, Himalayan Balsam was introduced to the UK in the mid-1800s. It was initially brought to the UK as an attractive ornamental garden plant, but has since spread aggressively, competing with and damaging native species.
How Do You Combat Himalayan Balsam?
There are a number of ways that you can minimise the damage of Himalayan Balsam, from basic control to complete eradication.
Chemical treatment is the preferred method of treatment for the permanent eradication of this invasive plant, but involves the sustained application of specialised weed-killers. Due to the nature of spreading these chemicals, and the legislation around them, it is best to use a specialist for this job.
As well as chemical control, there are more manual methods of removing Himalayan Balsam. The cutting and pulling of this plant can remove is effective, but should be undertaken with extreme caution. Due to Himalayan Balsam’s explosive seed pods, manual removal methods have actually been shown to help it spread, rather than hinder it.
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Responsible removal is a necessary part of preventing the spread of Himalayan Balsam in the UK. By moving soil containing seeds of any invasive species, and by interfering with a plants that are ready to spread their seeds, inexperienced intervention can be counter-productive, and actually help these species to thrive.
The Impact of Himalayan Balsam
Himalayan Balsam can have a serious environmental impact on the areas that it invades. Due to its rapid rate of spread and strong nectar, it physically overshadows native plants, as well as drawing pollinating animals away from its neighbours. This contributes greatly to the environment in which it is situated.
For more information about invasive species, including Himalayan Balsam and how you can eradicate and remove it safely, get in touch with TP Knotweed today by calling 0800 389 1911. You can also contact us online.