I love meeting Giant Hogweed when I’m out for a run or a hike. They’re big, majestic, strong and beautiful. But it is also a growth that has been imported to northern Europe by mistake and was spread out in an environment where it is not at home. It is now threatening the native flora with its overshadowing and expansive nature. Unrestrained.
Hogweed can be controlled manually, mechanically, and with herbicides. Most of the time, an infestation is best controlled using several methods in combination or in succession:
- Prevent introduction into new areas,
- Never moving soil with contaminated seed,
- Prohibit Sowing and planting
- Prevent the plant from setting seed
In other words: A two, three, or even four-pronged attack plan. The final part to any control method is to plant grasses or other vegetation to provide competition for those huge plants and decrease soil erosion.