Is it bindweed or knotweed and which is worse?

bindweed on fence with white flowers
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Is that bindweed or knotweed ruining your carefully planned out garden design?  Along with other common plants, such as Dogwood and and lilac, it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between Japanese knotweed and bindweed.

"Japanese knotweed can cause a great deal of damage to properties," says Nic Seal, founder and MD of Environet. "Identifying the plant is not always simple and it’s easy to get confused."

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.