Japanese Knotweed is one of the world's most invasive plants. You can find Knotweed in your garden and often in public areas. It has been known to grow through foundations of buildings and take over landscapes. This can seriously impact the value of a property, as mortgage lenders will simply refuse if they know that Japanese Knotweed is present surrounding or on a property.
Japanese Knotweed is very widespread across the UK. The Environment Agency commissioned a new app to track Japanese Knotweed. Their data has pinpointed over 6,000 Knotweed locations. This kind of data can be very useful for people looking to buy property in certain areas so they know where to avoid.
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To get rid of Japanese Knotweed there are multiple approaches you can take, however this species of invasive plant may need multiple attacks to control it.
Treating Japanese Knotweed yourself is possible but can be difficult and time consuming. Japanese Knotweed grows up to 10cm a day, so it is essential that you are quick and effective with removal. To remove Japanese Knotweed yourself, follow the tips below.
No infestation of Japanese Knotweed is the same. To permanently kill Japanese Knotweed, you must:
Once Japanese Knotweed is removed, the waste bust be disposed of quickly and efficiently to prevent further spreading. There are a number of ways to dispose of Japanese Knotweed such as:
Although all of the above methods are popular, they all come with the increased risk of Japanese Knotweed returning should any seeds escape en route, if you are to transport the waste yourself.
Invasive plant waste is classified as controlled waste as the risk of spreading is so severe. Incineration is the most beneficial method of disposing of invasive plant species as it would ensure no surviving roots remain in the ground following burning. The legal implication of not properly controlling the disposal of Japanese Knotweed can be severe.
If an individual is unable to control the spread of this invasive weed into the wild, they could receive a fine of up to £5,000, and a custodial sentence. This includes allowing the spreading of Japanese Knotweed onto neighbouring properties. Therefore, having complete control of the full process would be beneficial to ensure the risk of spreading is eradicated.
Other common forms of invasive plants are: