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Concerned about Japanese Knotweed
By Melinda Stewart


July 26, 2010

Browsing Sitnews this morning I saw the letter posted on Rotary Beach. Reading the description and looking at pictures online of knotweed, it is EXACTLY what I have growing in my yard!!

I noticed it last year sometime and wondered what the heck it was. It has taken over on two sides of my yard and a large part of my raspberry bushes. This of course really irritates me. I tried getting rid of them last summer but realized they do not go away. Apparently they do not respond well to retail weed killer and it will be a timely process to kill them completely. Something that will have to be repeated and repeated into some real back breaking work.

Has anyone else noticed this in their gardens or yards? Obviously this weed will be all over Ketchikan very soon. What can we do to remove it permanantly?

Melinda Stewart
Ketchikan, AK

Received July 23, 2010 - Published July 26, 2010



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