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Golden rod - nice to have or a liability?

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Old Oct 24th 2018, 11:22 am
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I have considered this a bit of a pest until this year, not really going so far as to uproot it on purpose when it's in the background but definitely mowing it down if it's in a mowing area. I looked it up and gave it a bit more 'time' this year, the point is it looks good and flowers in August/ September when there might not always be too much going on. Have you got it? Definitely doesn't need much in the way of care/ attention/ watering - always a plus in the garden.





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Old Oct 24th 2018, 12:49 pm
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A weed is only a plant growing where it is not wanted ! Goldenrod can be invasive so care has to be taken with its location. I would only have it in a corner but then I would expect neighbours to complain about it spreading under the fence. Luckily I have neither neighbours nor goldenrod !!

Bee keepers like it (on someone elses land) because it can produce a good quantity of nectar.
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Old Oct 24th 2018, 3:12 pm
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Well it's not exactly Japanese knotweed nor even as energetic as dandelions/ bindweed/ nettles etc. Just gradually seeds itself and if you pull it up, it goes away.

I think it it was not labelled as invasive, we'd all be buying it down the garden centre.
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There are lots of types of goldenrod, some more invasive than others. Apart from (self) seeding they also spread by rhizome growth - and it's this habit that makes them invasive.
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Old Oct 24th 2018, 4:25 pm
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Well you haven't got it, whilst I have!

I can report that compared to nettles, dandelions, bindweed, lots of other weeds, it's a complete walkover. Just pops up in a few corners and looks fantastic yellow in August. In fact, you'd probably pay to get that so-called weed to put in an appearance in your garden.

We've had it several years now and it's not really invasive: I think I could just pull it all out next spring and it would be gone. Yes, it's moved around a bit, but doesn't tolerate getting mowed.

Plenty of other self-seeding plants that are just as likely to colonise your garden, many of them desirable such as poppies.
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Old Oct 30th 2018, 5:32 pm
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Cannot remember the exact details but Golden Rod is considered invasive and the authorities are always trying to remove it from National Parks. There was a lot of articles on this about 4/5 years agobut I cannot remember where. Could try the National Parks website and see if they have articles on it.
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