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While it’s not illegal to have Buddleia on your property, it can quickly become invasive if not controlled. The roots grow into areas like walls, guttering and foundations and may eventually cause structural damage.
One of the reasons why more people are fans of Buddleia than other invasive plants is that it has a high concentration of nectar and is good for attracting butterflies and bees. The problem is that each cone of flowers has the potential to release hundreds of seeds and the plant can spread extremely quickly if not monitored effectively.
The first thing to note is that Buddleia can grow practically anywhere. It’s important if it invades areas like guttering and walls that it is removed speedily. Allowing the plant to gain a strong foothold can cause structural damage.
Buddleia is particularly invasive in areas such as railway sidings and industrial sites. It has also been seen thriving chalk grasslands. These locations tend to support a range of different invertebrates many of which are on the endangered list. It’s important for these areas that the Buddleia is removed so that diversity is not affected.
Buddleia is particularly invasive in areas such as railway sidings and industrial sites. It has also been seen thriving on chalk grassland. These locations tend to support a range of different invertebrates many of which are on the endangered list. It’s important for these areas that the Buddleia is removed so that diversity is not affected.
There is no current law that says you can’t have Buddleia in your garden or that you must control its spread. It is not listed as a non-native invasive plant species in Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, as Japanese knotweed is. Defra does, however, acknowledge that nearly £1 million is spent each year clearing the plant from areas like railway sidings.
Conservation organisations are more concerned about the impact of Buddleia on natural and semi-natural sites and state that when the plant is found it should be carefully controlled through spraying and removal. If you do remove Buddleia from your garden, it’s important to dispose of it responsibly – preferably with a licensed garden waste company that can prevent spread. You should not dispose of the Buddleia by throwing it away in the countryside, however harmless this might seem.
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How to get rid of Buddleia
The easiest way to control Buddleia is to make sure that its seeds are not dispersed. This means you need to cut away the flowers when they start to brown at the end of the summer. It’s important not to simply throw these cuttings into the compost or over the fence but dispose of them responsibly using a licenced garden waste company.
If you notice that Buddleia is growing in areas such as walls or guttering, speedy removal is a good idea. The plant doesn’t need much in the way of soil to start growing and the roots can cause significant damage, especially if you have a stone wall that is already in a state of disrepair. If you notice it near the foundations of your home, you should also remove it – the roots can widen cracks and cause issues such as dampness which are costly to repair.
As with most invasive plants, the effective way to kill off Buddleia is to destroy the root system. Small plants can normally be treated effectively with chemicals available from the garden centre but this method is not suitable for larger infestations.
If you have a significant problem with Buddleia and it is becoming more and more invasive, it can be challenging to completely remove the plant. In such cases, you may want to get a professional team in to tackle the problem and monitor your Buddleia infestation to make sure it does not recur.
While small pockets of Buddleia davidii are relatively easy to control, larger infestations can be a nightmare. At Environet, we’ve got more than 25 years of experience in dealing with some of the UK’s most common non-native invasive plants including Japanese knotweed, Bamboo, Giant hogweed and, of course, Buddleia.
The woody stems and fast-growing roots of the Buddleia plant mean that they can quickly get into areas like walls and foundations. Because it’s such a popular plant for attracting bees and butterflies, people don’t tend to realise the damage it can cause until it is too late.
For larger thickets and where immediate removal is required, we would recommend full excavation and removal from site . This involves digging up the plant and the soil around it so that all trace of the Buddleia is removed. This is then transported to a licensed landfill site where it is disposed of safely.
The land that has been excavated can then have new soil put down or can be developed in other ways without fear that the Buddleia will return.
At Environet, we have expert teams available to handle your Buddleia infestation across Britain. All our staff are highly trained and knowledgeable about a wide range of invasive species. We’ll help identify the problem and its extent and provide you with an effective long-term solution tailored to your needs.
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