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Japanese knotweed

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:51 pm
by beardyben
Hi there

My first post on this forum. We have two young (13 weeks) male kunekune's. We have a worrying growth of Japanese knotweed on a bit of our land and I am keen to avoid chemicals if possible. It has been suggested that we could put the Kune's on there and they would help control the knotweed - does anyone know any more about this? Good idea or terrible one?

Any advice really appreciated

Many thanks indeed
Ben

Re: Japanese knotweed

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:07 pm
by wendy scu
would love to help but don't know what knotweed is!!! you'll have to wait for a gardener to reply :oops:

Re: Japanese knotweed

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:33 pm
by simon
I've never seen knotweed, so I can't say for certain. But I would be surprised if 2weaners would even keep it under control by eating new shoots and I doubt they would take to the roots. I hear its quite a nasty plant.
I think I'd call professionals in before it gets out of hand.

Re: Japanese knotweed

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:09 pm
by The Rushbury Pig
I can't begin to imagine that kunekune would help manage knotweed as mostly they are not big diggers although I'm sure there are some that are so they may help :D

There are companies specifically trading to deal with it as it is such a major problem. I have seen it and know it well but my understanding is that you have to clear every minute piece of root from your land; Part of the the process they use commercially uses massive sieves to sieve all the soil before returning it to the plot!!

My Berkshire girls would certainly dig it up and clear what is on top but I suspect they would end up making it worse as they would spread it more widely :cry:

As for whether it is dangerous in terms of poisoning or anyhting else I haven't a clue :?

Not sure this is what you really wanted to hear sorry, anyone else used kunekune for clearance??

Re: Japanese knotweed

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:11 pm
by beardyben
Many thanks for the responses - really useful. To be honest, as our pigs grow up and their tails curl and they root around we are less and less convinced they are pure bred Kune's despite what we were told when buying them. Today they have dug so far they got out from their fencing which from what I have read and heard is not very Kune behaviour!

We are trying a patch of the knotweed with a herbicide and may still try the 'Kunes' on a patch to see how that works.

Thanks
Ben

Re: Japanese knotweed

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:45 pm
by abbottmorris
Hello..
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Re: Japanese knotweed

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