Japanese Knotweed Pull at Hammond Pond on May 28

Your help is needed in fighting this this invasive species on Sunday, May 28, 9:30am–12pm near 309 Hammond Pond Parkway, Newton. Japanese Knotweed is a bamboo-like invader from Asia that can create dense 8’ tall single-species stands. It is a tough adversary, not because it’s spiny or strong or even particularly hard to pull. But any small root fragments left behind spring back to life the following year. Scientists seek biological control agents, but until they find some, we are stuck controlling the plant by hand. Persistence pays with this species, and eradication is possible, but it takes several years to truly finish the job.

Newton Conservators asks volunteers to bring pitchforks, garden spades, and hand pruners, if you have them. Meet at the small parking lot off Hammond Pond Parkway at Route 9 adjacent to pond at “The Street” mall. Leader is Eric Olson, 617-872-9928.

Photo of Japanese Knotweed  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallopia_japonica#/media/File:Fallopia_japonica_MdE_2.jpg