Japanese Knotweed is not only invading Staten Island, but many areas of New York and New Jersey. The plant is highly invasive and reduces species diversity, alters natural ecosystems, and negatively impacts wildlife habitat. Once established, populations of Japanese knotweed are extremely persistent and hard to eradicate. But while difficult, it is possible.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.-- A pretty Asian plant is a growing problem all over New York City and has invaded Staten Island green spaces and private properties.
Japanese Knotweed, an Eastern Asian plant that was popular until the 1950s because it's attractive and grows rapidly, is invasive enough to break through concrete and disrupt foundations, said NYC Parks worker Joe Cutler.
"It's all over New York City," said Cutler. "You have to keep digging up the roots for two years until you can finally contain it."
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