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The dreaded JKW?

Dear gardeners


is this what i fear it may be- first shoots of Japanese Knot Weed?

If so can i just dig it out and put it in garden waste for council? I have read it can be a little devil.






  • Sorry - but I can't tell what it is from the picture.  However, if it is JKW it isn't "a little devil" but a rather big one!  There are a few other threads about it on this site - but if you can't find them right now perhaps it's best if I say that on no account should you put it in a council recycling waste bin.  There are all sorts of rules & regs now as to what you "may" put in these bins, and JKW has to be dealt with in such a way as to prevent it spreading.  Probably best if you google around a bit and you'll get the picture!

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,260

    It looks more like bindweed. Still a pest but you can fork it out or spot treat with a systemic weedkiller such as glyphosate

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300

    yep, it's bindweed

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,657

    I agree - it's bindweed. If you don't want to get the glyphosate spray over other plants, get a small plastic bag, put it over the bindweed, spray into the bag, put a wire twist round it and leave it for a week or so - hey presto, dead weed ( or at least for a while) as it always comes back I find.image

    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Mark 499Mark 499 Posts: 380

    Just wondering if it might be Black Bryony rather than bindweed

  • Well it would be a relief, there was bindweed when we first moved in last autumn so it would make sense I guess.

    Thank you for your suggestions and help. More digging to do!
  • LavandeLavande Posts: 171

    I have painters doing the outside of the house and I feel in their way if I go out and potter so I'm doing the next best thing and virtual gardening here today.  There seem to be so many posts about the dreaded 'unmentionable' it is so scary.  It's amazing how relieved I feel when I hear you have a diagnosis of bindweed - isn't that awful - but it is so much better than the other.  I have bindweed which before had me in fits but now I'm so grateful that I don't have the other that I almost feel kindly towards it.  A friend of mine had the other and it was so distressing to see what she went through.

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