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Mike Bald 
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Re: “Mike Bald's Mission to Eradicate Invasive Plants

Thanks for the question, Brian.

Knotweed is what I get asked about most often, together with wild chervil and wild parsnip.
In both instances, there is no substitute for collective action beyond singular properties.
So while I work to transition a site, I cannot guarantee against re-infestation from upstream or right next door.
With that clear need for more cooperation, I am doing several town workshops this fall to lay out possible actions next spring.
My goal is for towns / regional commissions to get creative with control work, building in artistic themes, community involvement, and real economic opportunities. Japanese knotweed has at least four economic uses, all of which should be pursued to generate income to direct back into treatment work. Hello?
So those workshops are lining up, and I'll propose to cap it all off with a prezi at the NOFA conference in February. I want to lay out my thoughts and observations, some of which may be a shade radical, but I also want real input from landowners who are suffering economic loss every year with these infestations. Not to mention the public safety issue with chervil and parsnip.
So that's ahead… February at UVM.

For now, best to leave the knotweed alone until Labor Day.
Once it flowers, all energy goes to the roots.
You can intercept that energy by flush-cutting the entire patch a couple times in September.
But ONLY cut the knotweed; allow all other plants to remain so they can build strength.
Clean out the old canes and cut material, and you'll have a weakened patch of knotweed ready for your unrelenting presence next May.
No trips to the dump – pile knotweed cuttings on pallets and let the sun bake them in place.
This is your new Weed Drying Station.
Exciting, no?

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Posted by Mike Bald on 08/08/2016 at 12:12 AM

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