Japanese Knotweed Treatment in Leeds & Across The UK
Japanese Knotweed is an invasive weed with creeping roots known also as Fallopia japonica, It is a large, herbaceous perennial plant of the family Polygonaceae, native to Eastern Asia in Japan, China and Korea. It was brought to the UK because of its beauty, when it flowers it looks rather pretty. Appearances here are deceptive though as it grows at a rate of knots with bamboo like shoots that can grow to 7ft
How do you remove Japanese Knotweed
Digging Japanese Knotweed out is possible, but due to the depth that the roots can penetrate it would usually re-grow. This method also creates problems over disposal as Japanese knotweed is classed as ‘controlled waste’ under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This requires disposal at licensed landfill sites. Specialist Japanese knotweed contractors are usually licensed to safely remove the weed from site but check first before employing their services. Alternatively, it can be destroyed on site by allowing it to dry out before burning. Japanese Knotweed should NEVER be disposed of in garden waste or at a household waste yard. It is acceptable to dry it out and burn on site.
Japanese Knotweed Control
A plant sucker (psyllid), that is known to feed on the weed is being released in the UK as a biological control for Japanese knotweed in certain areas as a trial to reduce the problem. If successful it will be released more widely and will become widespread in Britain over the next five to ten years by natural spread.
Benefits of using a professional Japanese Knotweed Removal Company!
Initially a survey would be carried out to identify the extent of the problem. The results of the survey would determine what course of action would need to be taken. An individual ‘KMP’ (Knotweed Management Plan) would be put in place and the professional treatment would begin, usually continuing over a number of years.
What is the cost of getting rid of Japanese Knotweed?
The cost of the treatment of Japanese Knotweed would vary by individual case and is probably not as costly as you think. What we would say is don’t ignore the problem, deal with it! Japanese Knotweed grows incredibly fast and if left can create havoc on your land and that of your neighbours.
How do I know if I’ve got Japanese Knotweed
Japanese knotweed starts growing from early spring and can reach 1.5m by May and 3m by June, before dying back between September and November.
- fleshy red tinged shoots when it first breaks through the ground
- large, heart or spade-shaped green leaves
- leaves arranged in a zig-zag pattern along the stem
- a hollow stem, like bamboo
- dense clumps that can be several metres deep
- clusters of cream flowers towards the end of July that attract bees
- dies back between September and November, leaving brown stems
What areas do we cover?
We eradicate Japanese Knotweed throughout the UK. We are based in Leeds however we travel all over the UK. We work with Estate Agents, Property Developers, Land Developers, Property Managers, Estate Managers and Local Councils.
If you have a Japanese Knotweed issue you would like to discuss, whether you are an individual homeowner or an Estate Manager or Agent Call 0113 216 5507 or fill in our online contact form and we will call you at a convenient time.