If you discover Japanese
Knotweed on your property the first thing you will probably do is to try to find out how to get rid of it.
Having Japanese Knotweed on
your property is enough to strike dread into the heart of any property owner, bearing in mind all the negative media coverage that it has gained during the past few
Property buyers and developers
have experienced difficulties securing mortgages properties affected by Japanese Knotweed and some lenders reject outright any property affected by Knotweed, others take a more practical view and
lend where the Japanese Knotweed infestation is being treated.
Japanese Knotweed thrives on disturbance and invades environments where soils are routinely disturbed and transported.
- Do not strim, cut, flail or chip the plants as tiny
fragment can regenerate new plants and make the infestation harder to control
- Do not attempt to dig out Japanese Knotweed, this can
actually encourage the plant into growing faster, therefore colonising an area more aggressively
- Do not move or dump soil which may contain plant material
as this may also add to its spread.
- Do not attempt to pull the plant out of the ground, as
this can expose part of the infectious crowns, stimulating growth
- Do not use unlicensed herbicides close to any
watercourses, plants or wildlife
- Do not compost any part of the plant as due to the
resilient nature of knotweed it could survive and grow on when the compost is ready for use
- Do not dispose of Japanese Knotweed in garden waste
allotments as this just transport the plant to new locations
- Do not spread any soil that has been contaminated with
Japanese Knotweed rhizome as new plants will sprout
- Do not do break the law – Remember it is an offence if you cause the spread of Japanese Knotweed either intentionally or unintentionally.
EnviraCulture use a range of specialist treatment methods depending on the size and location of the infestation and the client