Just as any diligent homeowner does, you’ve been keeping an eye on your garden. You want to make sure it doesn’t get out of hand, especially during the spring and summer seasons.
With all manner of plants growing, you’re pleased with the biodiversity on display. And you especially like the look of the new exotic looking plant that has recently sprung up. It even looks a bit like bamboo…
What did you just say?
If this scenario sounds familiar, you may have been invaded by the problematic Japanese knotweed. This invasive plant species has the capabilities of wiping out other plant life, destroying the foundations of your home and bursting through concrete and tarmac.
What Should I Do If I Find Japanese Knotweed in My Garden?
If you suspect you may have an infestation in your garden, you need to get in touch with professionals who can remove Japanese knotweed immediately.
Leaving the issue unchecked will allow the plant to run wild in your garden. Not only that, it can even spread to your neighbours and beyond.
According to some sources it can grow by as much as 10cm per day during the summer.
With this type of growth rate and the sheer strength and durability of its roots, it’s little surprise that it can lead to thousands of pounds worth of damage to properties.
According to The Environment Agency, Japanese knotweed is “indisputably the UK’s most aggressive, destructive and invasive plant”.
It is therefore essential that when you find it, you call an expert contractor as soon as possible.
How We Treat Japanese Knotweed
Once you have given us a call to raise the alarm, we will visit your property or land to begin the identification and treatment process.
The plant has key characteristics at each stage of its growth cycle. Our surveyors are specifically trained to recognise these traits.
Once we identify the plant, our specialists will conduct a comprehensive survey and assess important factors including the level of infestation, site access, proximity to structures and boundary lines, environmental implications and potential costs.
After we have conducted our surveys, we will create a management plan. This plan will outline exactly how we are going to deal with the infestation.
Options to Treat Japanese Knotweed
Treatment options will depend on many factors. Treatments vary depending on what the land is to be used for, timescales, cost and environmental implications.
Herbicide treatment options are generally suitable and cost-effective measure for homeowners who can allow for longer treatment times to remove Japanese knotweed (usually 2-5 years).
Excavation is much quicker and we can complete this in a number of weeks. This is often necessary on construction and development sites.
Removing Japanese Knotweed is not as simple as digging it out and putting it in the bin. It is classified as ‘controlled waste’. For this reason, its removal and disposal must be managed by a licensed contractor.
Have you found something that you think could be Japanese knotweed?