Getting other invasive plants removed
Non-native invasive plants are those that occur outside their natural range due to direct or indirect introduction by humans.
Many of these plants do not present a problem but some that spread and outcompete native species can threaten ecosystems, habitats or native species. These are considered to be invasive either due to lack of natural predators, rapid rate of spread or suppression of other species through competition for resources.
At TP Knotweed, our expertise in removing invasive plants goes beyond Japanese Knotweed. Our professional team is able to identify, treat and dispose of all manner of invasive plants from your property.
Read on to find out more about some common invasive plants or contact us today for your free site survey.
To eradicate invasive plants from your property
GIANT HOGWEED (Heracleum mantegazzianum)
It might look like an overgrown cow parsley and be part of the carrot family, but Giant Hogweed can grow to over 10 feet tall and its sap can be harmful to skin.
First brought to Britain from Central Asia at the end of the 19th century as an ornamental plant, Giant Hogweed quickly escaped domestication. Now, it is mostly found growing alongside footpaths and riverbanks, but can also be spotted in parks and cemeteries.
Because Giant Hogweed has the potential to cause long lasting harm it is best to have a professional remove it. Find out more about Giant Hogweed and how to have it treated and disposed of safely
BUDDLEJA (Buddleja davidii)
Also called summer lilac, butterfly-bush, or orange eye, Buddleja (or Buddleia) came to Europe in the 19th Century. Native to Sichuan and Hubei provinces in central China and Japan, the colourful plant quickly took root in the wildlife of the UK.
Identified by its long, slender clumps of flowers, Buddleja davidii is usually lilac but also blue, deeper purple or white, at the end of long, arching branches.
The plant can cause damage to buildings, such as crumbling brickwork – its tiny wind-blown seeds can germinate in decaying mortar. And the problems caused by buddleia to the management of the rail network are described by the Non-Native Species Secretariat as “significant”.
Defra says the highly-dispersible seed of what was originally a garden plant has resulted in extensive buddleia populations in the wild, where the shrub has often out-competed native vegetation and reduced biodiversity.
To ensure your property is clear of Buddleja seeds you need the experts. Talk to our friendly and professional team to organise a free site visit or use the link below to find out more about Buddleja.
Horsetail is an invasive, deep-rooted weed with fast-growing underground stems that quickly send up dense stands of foliage.
In spring,10-20 inch tall light brown stems appear, with a cone-like spore at the end of the stems. In summer, sterile green shoots develop into fir tree-like plants, 2ft tall.
Horsetail often enters gardens by spreading underground from neighbouring properties or land. Its roots can go down as deep as 2m (7ft) below the surface making it especially difficult to dig out.
Not only is Horsetail hard to remove by hand, it is equally difficult to control chemically, requiring several applications over a number of years. Find out more about removing Horsetail from your property or contact us to arrange a free site survey.
HIMALAYAN BALSAM (Impatiens glandulifera)
Himalayan Balsam was first introduced to Britain as an ornamental plant in 1839. It soon found its way out of gardens and into the countryside, where it has been spreading rapidly ever since.
Each plant can produce 800 seeds a year and their explosive pods can shoot seeds up to 22ft away. These seeds then stick to shoes and car tyres and are carried elsewhere. Bees are also attracted to the flowers and can spread the seeds widely.
Once established, Himalayan balsam, which can grow up to 10ft in height from a single seed, outcompetes native species, erodes riverbanks, and clogs up rivers and streams leading to flooding. It is now widespread throughout Britain.
There are several methods of removal, but the most effective is to get professional help. Contact our expert team to arrange a free site inspection of find out more about Balsam removal below.