Hogweed Removal: What is It And How Do You Get Rid of It?

Hogweed or Heracleum Mantegazzianum as it is officially known, is a plant that is commonly found on riverbanks. It is a non-native plant which means that it was brought into the UK. It is a plant that thrives on moist and fertile ground and is also found in allotments, woodland and even railway embankments.


It can grow as tall as 3m in height and is often mistaken for Cow Parsley. It has a long stem and is a green plant that has white flowers. It is easily identifiable because of its height, but also for its jagged leaves and flowers. The green stem is hollow and has stiff white hairs and purple blotches, making it easily distinguishable.

This non-native plant originates from Russia and Georgia and is an invasive species that can grow out of control. Each year, it can produce as much as 20,000 seeds and they can spread around 30ft from the plant. Due to its invasive nature, it also causes problems for other plants as it can out-compete them, making it a threat. In England and Wales, it is against the law to grow Giant Hogweed in the wild. Therefore, those who own land where it grows might need to consider professional Hogweed removal Essex.

How Do You Get Rid of It?


In order to remove Hogweed, it should be done carefully as the plant can cause burning, blisters and scarring should the sap make contact with the skin. Therefore, it is recommended that you use a professional service to ensure a safe and effective removal process.

However, it is advised to wear gloves, protective clothing and face protection. To add to this, it should also be removed without the use of chemicals to ensure that the environment is protected. The plant should be done by digging it up from the root and then suppressing it with mulch.

In instances where the plants are large, the roots will need loosening using a fork before being removed. Furthermore, if there are large areas of Hogweed then it might not be possible to remove manually so that would require the use of a glyphosate-based weedkiller.

However, the best time to remove Giant Hogweed is in May while the soil is moist. At this point, the plants are young and at the right height before they start to flower. This will then prevent them from spreading any new seeds.

After they have been removed, it is also important to dispose of the plant correctly as it is considered controlled waste. Therefore, it will need to be taken to a landfill site.

The Importance of Having Hogweed Professionally Removed

The main reason for removing Hogweed is that it is a danger to others, and it also causes problems for native plants. As it produces thousands of seeds, it can spread, grow and become out of control. The plant can also cause significant harm to individuals, causing pain that can last from months to years.

About the Author Laura Bennett

Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.

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