In 2016 spring officially starts on Sunday March 20th... unfortunately nobody has passed that date onto the swarms of Japanese knotweed across the country.
According to the Property Care Association (PCA), Japanese knotweed is sprouting well ahead of normal across the UK, with milder winter temperatures and excess rainfall being the most likely culprits.
What does this mean for knotweed growth in 2016?
Knotweed growing early
Under normal circumstances Japanese knotweed will not appear until early April, but mild, wet weather has created ideal conditions for premature growth.
Also, the extensive winter flooding across the country may have spread knotweed seeds further than normal, meaning 2016 could be a bumper year for the pesky plant.
Spotting Japanese knotweed early growth
When Japanese Knotweed first appears, its new shoots will be red/purple in colour and look like large asparagus spears in shape. Later in the spring, green spade shaped leaves will appear as the plant begins its notorious rapid growth.
The images below should give you an idea of what to look out for.
The PCA on early knotweed growth
Because Japanese knotweed can affect land and property values, along with the refusal of mortgages, the PCA is urging caution in tackling it.
Steve Hodgson, PCA chief executive, said: “We’ve had reports from our members of the plant taking hold earlier than usual.
“Japanese knotweed is just a plant and we are taking all steps necessary to ‘normalise’ it, so it is viewed generally as any other type of property problem, in that it can be identified and treated, with minimal impact.
“However, its effective eradication is a job for the experts, so it’s vitally important for anyone who thinks they might have an issue to seek advice.”
The PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group provides consumers with a means of identifying specialist contractors and consultants.
Take the Wise approach
Wise Knotweed Solutions are a PCA approved Japanese knotweed specialist offering a range of treatment and removal options.
If you think you have noticed the early signs of Japanese knotweed give us a call on 0808 231 9218 or get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org