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Himalayan balsam

Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is a relative of the busy Lizzie, but reaches well over head height, and is a major weed problem, especially on riverbanks and waste land, but can also invade gardens.

One of our most popular services at WeedTec is Himalayan Balsam removal. As an invasive plant species, it can cause serious problems. Luckily, we have the team and resources to stop it in its tracks.

What Is Himalayan Balsam?

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive plant found throughout the UK. As is the case with other invasive plants, it spreads quickly and causes damage to the environment. So, it’s important that it is removed as soon as possible.

It is most commonly found on riverbanks and in wasteland where it has become a problem weed, though it isn’t uncommon to find it in gardens and other outdoor spaces. It tolerates low light levels and shades out other vegetation, gradually impoverishing habitats by killing off other plants. One of the main reasons as to why it is a problem, is because it grows rapidly and can destroy other plants as it grows; not only does this ruin the way a beautiful garden looks, but it also hinders the ecosystem and can stop it from thriving.

Removing Himalayan Balsam

Removing Himalayan Balsam isn’t as easy as simply digging it up yourself, as it requires the assistance of professionals. Unfortunately, this will usually result in part of the plant being left behind and its continued spread. However, with the correct equipment, experience and efficiency, it can be removed completely.

Himalayan Balsam Removal in Manchester

Himalayan Balsam can grow to a great height and it can reach 10ft with ease. When this is combined with the fact that each plant can produce upwards of 800 seeds and these can travel a considerable distance, it’s easy to see how it spreads so rapidly. If you find Himalayan Balsam or believe you may have found some, you should seek out professional removal.

At WeedTec, we specialise in Himalayan Balsam removal in Manchester, along with a range of other invasive plants. We understand the damage and inconvenience that invasive plants can cause and therefore we work hard to ensure we remove all traces as quickly as possible. After all, the quicker Himalayan Balsam is removed the quicker the area can recover. To find out more about Himalayan Balsam removal, get in touch. Contact WeedTec on 0800 195 8625 or via the online contact form.

The plant is spread by two principal means;

  • The most widespread distribution tends to be by human means where individuals pass on seed to friends
  • Once established in the catchment of a river the seeds, which can remain viable for two years, are transported further afield by water

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