Japanese Knotweed is not your average weed. It is a highly aggressive plant that grows around 10cm every day, with roots burrowing up to 3 metres deep and 7 metres wide, and stems standing over 4 metres tall. This rapid and extreme growth makes it a dangerous plant, creeping into cavity walls, gaps in buildings and structural weak points where it can cause significant damage.
As well as the danger it poses to buildings and drains, it can break through tarmac and concrete, and it will wipe out other native species as it spreads. In fact, The Royal Horticultural Society (RSS) estimates that Japanese Knotweed costs the UK economy £166 million per year for treatment and in property devaluations.
Japanese Knotweed was introduced to the UK by botanists in the 1850s. Native to Japan, Korea and China, it grows on the side of volcanoes and is kept at bay by the extreme climate, local fungi and native insects – but here in the UK, there is nothing in nature to stop it.
If you think you have Japanese Knotweed on your property, get in touch with JBB GroundCare Ltd. for a cost-effective, thorough removal service.
Legislation on Japanese Knotweed
It is so damaging, that under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is an offence to plant or cause Japanese Knotweed to grow in the wild. It is not illegal to have it in your garden, it just becomes a problem if it goes onto someone else’s property. Even if it does not cause any damage, just allowing Japanese Knotweed to infiltrate another garden is enough cause for legal action. You could face a fine or even a prison sentence!
For private property owners, it has been law since 2013 to state whether or not Japanese Knotweed is present on land when selling a property. It is such an invasive and damaging plant that this assessment is included on every home survey in the UK. Mortgage companies require an eradication plan before they will loan against a property that has Japanese Knotweed in the garden.
If you have Japanese Knotweed on your property, get a survey from JBB GroundCare Ltd. today to ensure it is tackled before it becomes a problem for you or your neighbours.
How do I get rid of it?
Removing Japanese Knotweed is not as simple as digging it out and putting it in the bin as its disposal is a tightly controlled process. Like asbestos, it is a contaminate so it and the soil it grows in is classified as controlled waste. Additionally, since the smallest stem or rhizome (the deep underground stems) left behind will quickly take root and regrow, Japanese Knotweed removal is a job best left to the professionals.
Our experienced team will survey your grounds and identify any areas to be tackled. Our thorough survey will establish the best way to eradicate the Japanese Knotweed plants once and for all, taking into consideration the costs, surrounding plant and animal life, potential environmental impact and any other risks. Then we can advise on the best treatment plan for your property. Removal options for Japanese Knotweed include:
- Herbicide Treatment to leaf and stem
- Stem Injection
- Root Barriers
- Sifting & Screening
Let the experts at JBB Groundcare Ltd. advise on the best option for your property and carry it out with the care and professionalism we are known for.
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