Types of Weed

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Types of Weed

Bindweed

Hedge bindweed or bellbind (Calystegia Sepium) with its pure white trumpet flowers is a familiar sight, choking plants in borders and twining around any plant shoot or cane. The smaller field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) with white or pink flowers is problematic in long grass and bare soil.

Giant Hogweed

Giant hogweed (Heracleum Mantegazzianum) is a close relative to cow parsley, but can reach over 3m (10ft) in height. Although the plant can be attractive in certain situations, most gardeners will want to eradicate it, as it is potentially invasive and the sap can cause severe skin burns. BBC news coverage http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-33474810.

Himalayan Balsam

Himalayan balsam (Impatiens Glandulifera) is a relative of the busy Lizzie, but reaches well over head height, and is a major weed problem. As well as being commonly found on riverbanks and wasteland, it can also invade gardens. It grows rapidly and spreads quickly, smothering other vegetation as it goes.

Japanese Knotweed

Although rather attractive, Japanese knotweed (Fallopia Japonica) is a real thug as it spreads so rapidly and is taking over our native plant species. 

Japanese Knotweed has no natural enemies. Being a non-native species no insects or animals have evolved to use the plant to graze. When left unchecked it will spread at an enormous rate rendering lands not fit for purpose or posing structural threat. 

New legislation now covers its control if you have got Japanese Knotweed on your property and it is causing a detrimental effect of a persistent or continuing nature on the quality of life of those in the locality and that the conduct is unreasonable,this includes failure to act- a community protection notice can be used against us. Basically an ASBO but it is easy to avoid such legislation once acted upon.

Ragwort

Ragwort (Senecio Jacobaea) is not usually a significant problem in gardens, but its poisonous qualities can make it a serious weed of paddocks and gardens backing onto fields grazed by horses or cattle.
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