How to Control Japanese Knotweed?
Japanese knotweed is one of the fastest growing and most invasive weeds in the UK today. It has spread extensively across the country since its introduction by Victorian botanists, who brought it over from Japan as an ornamental plant in the 1850s. Since then, Japanese knotweed has plagued home and land owners, who have been unable to prevent its spread across public and private properties up and down the country.
What makes Japanese knotweed so durable is its deep-penetrating rhizomes, which ensure the plant is able to grow back stronger year after year. During peak season in summer, its bamboo-like stems can reach up to 4m in height and its invasive roots can grow to around 3m underground, making them extremely difficult to remove. If even a small fragment of the plant is left in the soil during removal, it will remain contaminated and the weed will return.
Japanese knotweed can do a lot of damage to the surrounding natural landscape and its growth can also inflict thousands of pounds worth of damage on homes by damaging the foundations, walls and drainage of buildings. As soon as Japanese knotweed has been identified on your property, it’s essential to seek the help of a specialist service to make sure that it is properly removed and never makes a return.