A decision was made to plant switchgrass as part of the two-year contract. Treatment without herbicides is environmentally safer and avoids the hassles of permitting and the need for licensed applicators. In wetlands, only apply herbicides registered for use in those areas. Japanese Knotweed is exceedingly difficult to eradicate by traditional means (it will sprout through asphalt). View of site and Great Meadows – June 2011. The first was uncovered at the end of 2006, after remaining under wraps for a little over a year and a half. Prevent spread of Japanese knotweed. Mass Audubon is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 04-2104702) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. However, this difference could have been due to the difficulty of spraying full-grown knotweed (6-8 feet in height) rather than the effectiveness of the injection method. Amenity Assured and also an active member of the Amenity Forum. Using living organisms to control pests in this way is known as biological or natural control. FoAGM have been managing knotweed with volunteers and no herbicide at a site along the Minuteman Bikeway in Lexington, MA since 2004. This ability to re-sprout from fragments – fragments as small as one inch – results in its rapid spread to new locations. — P.D.S., Agawam, MA. Knotweed can cause structural damage to asphalt and concrete. The problem: The garden is still battling Japanese knotweed, an invasive species that grows quickly and is difficult to get rid of. Whether management can be sustained long enough or controls will be sufficient to allow for the establishment of the desired species, only time will tell. Rotting rhizomes in “Cut, Cut, Cut” area. The key to our approach was to understand the plant, in order to control it. Despite the promise of the “Cut, Cut, Cut” method, this approach has not yet resulted in the complete eradication of knotweed. Here the strategy is to encourage a sense of shared responsibility on the local level where a community participates in the removal of knotweed and managing the landscape over the long-term. Along highways and bike paths, human activities substitute for flooding as mowing and other maintenance activities can spread rhizome fragments along the corridor. Those plants that were more tenacious and could not be uprooted in the first volunteer effort, as well as remnants of rhizomes from the plants that were successfully uprooted, have continued to generate new growth. Treatment with systemic herbicide can be effective, but you might need to treat repeatedly; another possibility is stem injection or application of a systemic herbicide to freshly cut stems, though this is labor intensive. Arlington’s Great Meadows “before” condition – 2004. Habitat Anthropogenic (man-made or disturbed habitats), floodplain (river or stream floodplains), forest edges, meadows and … Treatment with systemic herbicide can be effective, but you might need to treat repeatedly; another possibility is stem injection or application of a systemic herbicide to freshly cut stems, though this is labor intensive. Tara may be reached at tara.mitchell@state.ma.us. One of the most frustrating aspects of landscaping is watching new plantings get overtaken by invasive plants. For larger populations, cut the plants in late June or early July, and then treat the re-growth with a foliar spray of a systemic herbicide in late August or early September. Larger clumps continued to have some re-growth. Control not kill. Clearly, management of knotweed is a difficult undertaking. Stems that were missed grew back the following year. We’re also part of The LK Group of companies, providing expertise in a range of sectors within the environmental industry. It invades a wide variety of habitats and forms dense stands that crowd out other plants. In some instances, it’s by species already on the site or adjacent to the site; in too many instances, it’s by species that are brought into the site through nursery material, hay bales, mulch, or loam. All Rights Reserved. The contract began with herbicide treatment in September of 2007. Step 1: Wearing appropriate safety gear, dilute the Cornerstone1:1 with water in a spray bottle. The effort and the intent behind these two projects put them more in line with gardening than with what is typical for maintaining minimally managed landscapes such as roadsides, bike path corridors, or reservations. The knotweed created a barrier that was approximately 6-8 feet high and virtually impenetrable. The loss of leaf litter and woody debris results in a loss of shelter for fish and invertebrates. The flowers are arranged in spikes near the end of the stems that are small, numerous and creamy white in color. While a third year of treatment would have provided better control prior to restoration planting, MassDOT was limited by the contract schedule. Because injecting the entire patch of knotweed at Exit 14 would have exceeded the amount of herbicide allowed per acre, a decision was made to treat half of the site using the injection method and to treat the remainder with a glyphosate foliar spray. Both switchgrass and daylilies are fairly drought tolerant, requiring little or no irrigation for establishment. Total Time: 2 hrs. We continually campaign for improved standards, accreditations, legislative compliance and training across the treatment industry. The largest natural, undeveloped area in Arlington or Lexington, AGM includes extensive wetlands, upland forests, grasslands, vernal pools, and other natural communities. It is illegal to possess or introduce this species without a permit from the Michigan Department of Agriculture, and Rural Development except to have it identified or in conjunction with control efforts. Get in touch today – 0161 850 1604. Well-established knotweed is very difficult to control, and successful control will require a multiple-step 'control phase', and an ongoing 'maintenance phase' in the following seasons to … Both approaches the Friends have taken, however – particularly the longer-term “Cut, Cut, Cut” method – are extremely labor-intensive and thus heavily dependent on the willingness of volunteers to contribute significant efforts over a sustained period of time to work that can be thankless, dirty, and at times downright Sisyphean. Add enough dye so you will be able to tell where you have treated. Cost effective, has limitations to freshly Cut stems, and sustainable approach to widespread... 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