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Feeling very foolish

15 September 2017 21:07:14

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Remember my Japanese knotweed alert a while back?  Well, after several discussions with the local council, our neighbour behind us and investigation by their gardeners, it turns out not to be knotweed after all, leaving me feeling relieved but very sheepish after all the sympathy and concern my friends here expressed (especially PCON, thank you). 

All the growths that sprang up are/were from the large aspen tree in the neighbour's garden which was cut down last autumn.  Apparently, if you cut down an aspen before it has died, it will keep on throwing up suckers from its extensive root system in a bid for survival.  A forest in Colorado covering over a hundred acres has grown in this way! So yesterday, with the growths treated with glyphosate having died off and the ground softened by recent rain, I decided to dig.  The photos show part of what was uncovered. The roots, which must have been under our garden for some time, extended to the edges of the lawn in all directions and are under the concrete paths too but hopefully (unlike knotweed) won't break through there.  I'll be keeping a watchful eye in spring and will continue the Roundup treatment for any suckers spotted in the borders. 

The lawn is now a mess of course but I'll deal with that over the coming weeks. 

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Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 September 2017 21:54:39

That is good news, Joan. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 September 2017 21:56:43

Do NOT feel foolish with your concern about Japanese Knotweed. You're alert, and that's half the battle. Luckily you don't have that problem in your garden, Joan. Yes, you'll have to keep observant about any more Aspen seedlings. But hopefully you have taken action soon enough to eradicate any future problems.

Scrubber Scrubber 15 September 2017 22:34:49

I but  agree with Jacinta. It must have been very worrying. The lawn will recover and easily enough but isnt that a snakey old aspen! I would be terrified if I saw it next nigh or near my garden. We are surrounded by Himalayan Balsam but its controlable in one's garden

fraoch fraoch 15 September 2017 22:47:58

It's great it's not knotweed, and don't feel bad about making a mistake. We all make them! Good luck with getting rid of the rest of the Aspen.

PCON PCON 15 September 2017 23:07:49

Delighted to hear it, Joan. I did not know an Aspen could do that, but I do have a bit of a problem with Poplar suckers in my garden. Not so much in the lawn, but in some flower beds.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 15 September 2017 23:22:46

So even if you don't have the dreaded Knotweed you have a fairly agggresive plant to deal with!

Jackie Jackie 15 September 2017 23:29:26

Awwwww Joan that is such great news and no you shouldn't feel a bit like that. You were spot on to be concerned. In fact it made me much more aware of what is going on around us. Also a couple of weeks after you posted that journal RTE news had a piece on about knotweed invading the countryside. A couple have  it on their land and it's travelling across the motorway near their home. Frightening. Apparently it's rife around waterways and hedgerows. So glad you know what you are dealing with now and can get on with sorting out your lawn in due course. 

Dick Dick 16 September 2017 16:22:28

Good to realise that it is  not knotweed Joan. I suppose if it is not knotweed, it must be yesweed:)

Mary B Mary B 16 September 2017 22:06:35

That's a relief Joan, thank goodness it's not the dreaded knotweed!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 17 September 2017 10:57:31

Oh that is good news Joan . Just sorry you had all the , justified , worry about the dreaded knotweed.  Never knew Aspen could spread like that  but thankfully you can get that under control. So interesting to see the photos and how it can spread. Happy for you the worry about the Knotweed is gone.


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