New Iowa legislation covers invasive weed issues

invasive weed issues

At Johnson County, certain areas have a stream flowing to Ralston Creek. The area is often visited by flash floods, which overwhelms the local residents. As the volume of water increase, the backyards of the local residents would be filled with water.

Overtime as the water subsides. Plants move in and start pollination. During the spring season, a lot of strange flora moves in. Local residents would remove weeds by pulling them from the roots or simply by mowing.

These past years, a certain weed has been troublesome for the residents. More commonly known as Asian knotweed or the Japanese Knotweed, is a herbaceous perennial plant which is related to the knotweed and buckwheat family. More common to East Asia specifically in Japan, China, and Korea this species can establish itself in different environments and is currently classified as ‘invasive’.

This weed has a hollow stem which often gives the appearance of a bamboo. The stems of an Asian knotweed can reach to a maximum height of 3 – 4 m, wherein each growing season they would find an opportunity to sprout in cracks, pavements, and empty areas, meaning that Japanese knotweed removal cost options are always worthwhile.

Destructive and opportunistic the Asian Knotweed has caused the Horticultural society £70 million as preparation for the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Perhaps it is very destructive that the United Kingdom has required real estate owners to note if their property is known to breed knotweed.

The Japanese Knotweed is very problematic that it resulted in a £20 billion off the UK’s real estate value, causing mortgage lenders to refuse loans for properties affected by the weed.

Surprisingly Iowa code features a list of ‘noxious weeds’ which the county weed commissioner makes sure that the locals are aware of.

Other than causing property value to drop, conservationist and farmers are also affected by these obnoxious weeds. Which if left to grow can overrun and choke field crops and can even cause a wildfire! — The most recent issue in paradise, California which sadly caused so many lives.

Although the cause is still undetermined, it is known that plant leaves naturally fall off and dry out. Now in the case of weeds, this becomes a bigger problem. Weeds are known to grow rapidly and thinking about how the Asian or Japanese knotweed. It can cover a large portion of an area and may possibly be the reason of a wildfire!

Take note during summer seasons, wherein 2017 the season was unusually warmer. The recorded average temperature was 49.9 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1.8 degrees above normal. That ranks as the eighth warmest year on record! Because of this when the Iowa legislature goes into session this coming 2019. The locals are hoping that there will be a draft addressing the issue.

As for the views or opinion, whether to vote or not, most residents don’t want to vote because it costs money. But given how destructive and intrusive the Asian knotweed can cause in the property, not to mention the possible devaluation. They need to make a decision.