With a high growth rate of up to 2.5m from seed in a single season, Himalayan Balsam is an incredibly invasive plant that can quickly cause a problem. Predominantly found in wetland environments and around streams, riverbanks, ponds and lakes, if you find Himalayan Balsam on your property then you need to take action. At S4JK we can carry out a full initial assessment to determine the extent of the problem.
Himalayan Balsam is listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act and it is an offence to plant or otherwise cause to grow these species in the wild. This means that if you think you may have Himalayan Balsam on your property then you need to make sure you get it treated. As part of our assessment we will carry out:
Once we have carried out an initial assessment we’ll be able to produce a management plan and treatment schedule and a full breakdown of the cost of these. As with any invasive weed, Himalayan Balsam requires careful control in order to effectively treat and remove the problem. At S4JK we offer a full range of treatment options for Himalayan Balsam for customers in Stockport, Manchester and the surrounding areas.
If left untreated Himalayan Balsam can be incredibly tricky to remove because of its high annual growth rate which can quickly alter the ecological balance of a wetland habitat. It can also have a detrimental effect on other areas as it produces a high amount of pollen over a prolonged season which is attractive to pollinating insects.
When in bloom, Himalayan Balsam produces large pink-purple ‘policeman’s helmet’ flowers which can be quite attractive with a pleasant scent. Despite its looks, this is an invasive weed that needs to be treated fast to help prevent it from spreading and causing real problems.
As with any invasive weed, if you find signs of Himalayan Balsam then you need to seek expert help from the professionals. At S4JK we have helped customers throughout Stockport, Manchester and the surrounding areas rid themselves of invasive weeds and take back control.
To find out more and book your initial consultation, just get in touch with us today on 01663 765 750 or send us a message via our contact form.