WHAT IS JAPANESE KNOTWEED?
Despite being a rather good-looking plant, Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is not one you would want on your property. This brute of a plant grows to massive proportions and spreads rapidly. By early summer the bamboo-like stems can shoot to over 2.1m (7ft) high!
Japanese knotweed’s tenacious growth can see it push through the smallest nooks and crannies in concrete and masonry, and this can have a devastating effect on the structural integrity of buildings. This is why a great number of banks and building societies will refuse to lend on affected properties.
Japanese knotweed treatment requires a dedicated, professional programme as it is very hard to remove once it gets its roots in.
HOW TO SPOT JAPANESE KNOTWEED?
HOW TO IDENTIFY JAPANESE KNOTWEED
When it comes to Japanese Knotweed identification, the different seasons throughout the year have a large part to play.
Japanese knotweed growth is usually at its most prolific from April to October, but mild winters and warm damp summers in recent years have seen the growing season extended. Early signs of growth are now seen in mid-March and new shoots have even been identified as late as November.
THE WISE APPROACH
At Wise Property Care, we have our very own specialist division Wise Knotweed Solutions to combat invasive weeds.
Wise Knotweed Solutions take a step-by-step approach to provide you with clear and practical advice towards Japanese knotweed to ensure that all our customers have a positive experience from start to finish. If you have Japanese knotweed, we will find the right knotweed solution for you.
HOW TO TREAT JAPANESE KNOTWEED
At Wise Knotweed Solutions, we have a number of Japanese knotweed treatment options that are vetted and approved by the ‘Property Care Association’ (the governing body of our industry). To find out more about the benefits of each treatment simply click on any of the links below:
HOW TO GET RID OF JAPANESE KNOTWEED
Wise Knotweed Solutions have considerable experience in Japanese knotweed excavation and disposal. We work to strict methods on-site and follow the RICS Japanese Knotweed Code of Practice for building sites.
JAPANESE KNOTWEED DISPOSAL
If you are found responsible for spreading soil or plant material containing Japanese knotweed you could be fined up to £5,000 or even sent to prison for 2 years! This makes proper disposal of Japanese knotweed vitally important.
Japanese knotweed disposal is bound by several Environment Agency (EA) regulations so if you want to burn it, bury it or dump it you need to be aware of the legislation that surrounds these activities. Read on to find out how to properly dispose of knotweed and keep yourself on the right side of the law.