Buzzing around the Japanese knotweed and Balsam.

Monday 12th September 2011

I became a bee keeper this year and now have two hives in the garden. Consequently Ive been extremely interested to see what plants the bees are foraging on at the moment. In the last couple of weeks they have been busy visiting Japanese knotweed and Himalayan Balsam both invasive weeds! So knotweed does have a use after all...

However, changing hats to invasive weed control and eradication, treating flowering plants may present a problem because, when applying pesticides, it is very important not to kill bees or other pollinating insects. This may be avoided by one of several means changing the timing of the applications; delaying until flowering has finished; by using a suitable product which is permitted for use on flowering crops or by using a different application method (i.e. stem injection). Obviously the product label needs to be consulted!

I have always had a keen interest in the environment and ecology and keeping bees does provide a direct link with the local environment. If I see honey bees in our local area, they are probably some of my girls. When they come back to the hive laden with pollen and nectar I can try to work out what it is they are harvesting. At this time of year Japanese knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, garden plants such as Sedums and Asters and also Ivy are important sources of food to bees.

We at The Knotweed Company are also buzzing around the country visiting knotweed sites and treating and advising where necessary. This is a busy time of year for bees and knotweed contractors alike, but were always glad to hear from people with more knotweed!

If you would like to talk to a professional about your knotweed problem, please call us. Our quotations are free and without obligation.

Contact Brian Taylor on 01327 340770 or email me on my email