Jason recently found a patch of Japanese Knotweed growing along the edge of a customer's yard in Antrim County between the Villages of Central Lake & Bellaire. (Way too close for my comfort!) Jason immediately alerted the homeowners. They had noticed it growing but had mistakenly identified it as Basswood saplings so they left it be. They were shocked to learn of the devastation caused by knotweed, and how difficult it is to eradicate it.
It's easy to see how knotweed can be misidentified or overlooked until it becomes a problem. Knotweed is a pretty plant. Unfortunately, it can and will spread quickly. If left unchecked, knotweed can destroy structures, kill vegetation & it will eventually consume your entire property. Seriously folks. I'm not being dramatic here. People have lost homes to knotweed & millions of dollars are spent on litigation, education, control & eradication measures.
LEARN TO IDENTIFY JAPANESE KNOTWEED
The State of Michigan offers a free printable PDF on Japanese Knotweed. For more information on other invasive species in Michigan visit Michigan.gov/Invasives.
Japanese Knotweed is a perennial herbaceous shrub native to East Asia. It was first introduced here as an ornamental plant. It is not native to the U.S. and its cultivation is prohibited in Michigan.
Oh come on now!
IS KNOTWEED REALLY THAT BAD?
Anyone offering pesticide application services for hire (including advertising & bids) MUST HAVE a Pesticide Applicator Business License (PABL). PABL expires annually on December 31st. If you look up a firm offering pesticide application services & do not find them on this list, please report it to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) - Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division at 517-284-5771.
So, if you can't dig it out, burn it, cut it down or spray it...
What are you supposed to do?
REPORT JAPANESE KNOTWEED!
Now that I've scared the bejeebers out of you, is there anything good to be said about knotweed? Well, actually, yes. Japanese Knotweed leaves, shoots and roots do have culinary & medicinal uses.
Ok friends, here's your assignment...
Take a walk around your property to look for knotweed and other invasive species. If you're up north over the 4th of July holiday, keep an eye out every where you go. Hiking, biking, kayaking. Everyone has a cellphone on them these days. Download the MISIN app to document and report knotweed and other invasive species.
THANK YOU FROM THE PILLYWIGGINS!