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    Forester Bob, I recently moved to Vermont, and my property backs up onto a publicly-owned riverbank/wooded area, where Hurricane Irene in particular is supposed to have instigated or exacerbated a knotweed problem. My property has maybe 50-100 m2 of this plant, but the sandy stretches abutting my property are, in some places, 'nuthin' but knotweed'.

    My readings in permaculture say that nothing fills an ecological niche without a reason, and that when conditions  inhospitable to loathed plant X and more propitious to beloved plant Y occur, then plant Y will come to reascendence.  Meanwhile, on a civic level, organized volunteer teams attack the knotweed (according to some theories, to absolutely no avail).

    What's your Rx re: knotweed, if you have one? Should I ignore it, or spend the rest of the summer and my dwindling health doing nothing but trying to dig it out?

    •  Your situation is similar (3+ / 0-)

      to my English ivy problem, discussed above. Being unwilling to spend dozens, perhaps hundreds of hours digging and pulling, I resorted to herbicide.

      If you can legally use herbicide at your place, consider doing so. Follow directions, of course. As soon as the knotweed dies, plant desirable natives to fill the void. And continue to treat the knotweed as necessary.

      The alternative is to let the knotweed grow, and get on with more enjoyable projects. Half measures will not work. Either make the full commitment, or let the stuff grow.

      Of course, having a reservoir of knotweed adjacent to your land won't make it any easier.

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