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Dealing With Japanese Knotweed

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Dealing With Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed: A Serious Threat to Your Property

Japanese Knotweed is a highly invasive and persistent weed that poses significant challenges to property owners in the UK. Its extensive root system can penetrate up to two metres deep into the ground, making it notoriously difficult to eradicate completely. Even if the visible growth is treated with herbicides, the deep rhizomes can remain viable underground for up to two decades, ready to resurface whenever disturbed.

Potential Damage and Risks

If left untreated, Japanese Knotweed can wreak havoc on your property. It has the potential to cause structural damage to buildings, foundations, pavements, and even invade homes through cracks and weak spots. Growing at an astonishing rate of up to 10 cm per day, it can exploit vulnerabilities in infrastructure, such as cracked masonry and split pipes.

Moreover, having Japanese Knotweed on your property can lead to a range of additional issues:

Property Sale Challenges: Many mortgage lenders are hesitant to finance properties affected by Japanese Knotweed, and the presence of this weed can deter potential buyers.

Decrease in Property Value: The stigma associated with Japanese Knotweed can significantly reduce a property’s value by up to 25%, unless properly addressed.

Legal Responsibility: Allowing Japanese Knotweed to spread from your property to neighbouring areas is against the law, which could result in legal liabilities.

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Effective Treatment Options

To combat Japanese Knotweed effectively, there are two primary treatment approaches:

Herbicide Treatment: This method involves a strategic and comprehensive Knotweed Management Plan (KMP), which typically includes property surveys, risk assessments, distribution mapping, and a herbicide treatment schedule. Herbicide treatment is a cost-efficient and widely accepted method by mortgage lenders. Homeowners can benefit from a 10-year KMP contract with an Insurance Backed Guarantee, making this option suitable for those buying or selling a property.

Excavation: For immediate eradication, excavation offers a swift solution. This method involves physically removing the knotweed, including the roots and rhizomes, which is ideal for properties requiring immediate clearance or where long-term herbicide treatment is not preferable. Excavation services often provide a comprehensive KMP document, waste removal, root barriers, and guarantees of up to 10 years, with the option of guaranteed insurance that can be transferred to new property owners.

Taking Action

If you suspect Japanese Knotweed on your property or neighbouring areas, it’s crucial to seek professional advice promptly. Early detection and swift action can prevent costly damages and legal complications. Consult with qualified specialists who can assess the situation and recommend the most suitable treatment plan to safeguard your property’s integrity and value.

Don’t let Japanese Knotweed take over, address it proactively and protect your investment for the future.

If you would like more information or advice in this area, please get in touch

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