- Individual plants are either male or female, when growing together fertilised female plants can produce large numbers of seed.
- The plants can also spread via creeping root system. Surface stems can root at nodes, producing new aerial shoots.
- Nettles are great for wildlife and are the food source for the caterpillars of a number of butterflies including small tortoiseshell and peacock.
- Common nettle is a perennial species which can grow 1m to 2m in height.
- It forms soft green leaves, 3cm to 15cm in length which are strongly toothed.
- Leaves and stems are very hairy
- Forms numerous drooping, catkin flowers which are greenish or brownish in colour.
The best time to apply herbicides is when the plant is vigorously growing and before flowing, a second application may also be required later in the season to effectively control the infestation.
Mechanical excavation can be effective at removing infestations, however, it is important to remove all of the creeping stems as each node section has the ability of producing a new plant. Repeated mowing over a number of seasons is also effective at reducing cover.
If you have concerns over Common nettle on your land, or if you would like a quotation for control, please contact one of our specialist surveyors. Treatment costs start from £380.00 + VAT.