Weed alert


This is not about the (currently) dormant storefront at Cedar and Ridgewood.

Knotweed is rapidly making its way down the hill from Crest Drive in the reservation.  It will soon reach the yards of people at the top of Claremont and Fairview.

I also saw a stand of it today in the wooded area along Profeta path, in close proximity to a yard on Brook Lane.

And, earlier this summer, I saw some growing through a bridge abutment along the east Rahway.  I con’t remember if it was at Jefferson, or Third St in SO.



Ugh! I’ve noticed that it has overtaken areas next to the path on Claremont going up to the reservation.  DPW did a lot of weeding along the Brookside path last week.  I’ll look for the knotweed along Brookside path tomorrow and try to come up with a plan to eradicate it.   


From the Slate article (above): 

“No plant can excuse such violence. But the fear McRae describes, says Mark Montaldo, is not exactly irrational. Montaldo is a lawyer in Liverpool and the head of civil litigation at the firm Cobleys Solicitors. His three most profitable lines of work are personal injury suits, bad landlords, and Japanese knotweed.”


This is a big problem.


It's been around for decades, can't imagine it's going to be eradicated anytime soon.



Just this week, I saw a pretty new stand of it at Underhill. Behind the SE end of the home bleachers. Growing along the chain link fence separating the property from the backyards of 2 or 3 homes on Burroughs Way. I wouldn’t be surprised if the underground roots already extend into those backyards. I wonder if the Board of Ed is up to the task of successful remediation. Even at this relatively early stage.

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