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HOW TO GET RID OF JAPANESE KNOTWEED?
What is Japanese knotweed?
Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant which attacks our gardens at will and which can seriously damage buildings and construction sites if left unchecked. It’s been in the papers so much that we’d practically need a live blog to keep up, with our efforts in raising awareness here at JKSL a big part of that. To cut a long story short, Japanese knotweed was introduced to the UK in the late 1840s, when a Dutch doctor called Philipp von Siebold came here and began to sell it to botanical gardens and high society figures in the guise of an ornamental plant, largely because it is rather nice to look out upon. Which was all well and good until the turn of the century, when the public’s perceptions of Japanese knotweed changed, and many gardeners began to regard it as a nuisance. In fact, it quickly picked up a bad reputation, starting to ‘escape’ and grow in the wild. In the 1930s, its presence was so intense that it began to reduce house prices by £100 in the geographical locations where it had started running riot. That impact of reducing house prices is still prevalent today, although we may be talking many thousands of pounds at this point, but more on that later.
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HANG ON, HOW DID JAPANESE KNOTWEED GET INTO THE COUNTRY?
It came via the aforementioned Dutchman by the name of Philipp von Siebold who brought it back to Europe around 1829. The original plant was propagated in his native Holland and marketed around Europe by Von Siebold & Company of Leiden. It was sold (notably to botanical gardens and the upper classes) principally as a decorative plant, similar in look to bamboo. Thereafter, the Victorians cherished the plant because they liked the look of it at the time; failing to appreciate what a mistake that would be for the future.
HOW WOULD I RECOGNISE JAPANESE KNOTWEED?
I’VE HEARD THAT JAPANESE KNOTWEED CAN GROW THROUGH ANYTHING – INCLUDING CONCRETE – IS THIS RIGHT? JUST WHAT TYPE OF DAMAGE DOES ITS PRESENCE CAUSE?
WHY WOULD I TRUST JKSL TO BE THE ONES TO SORT MY PROBLEM?
HOW FAST DOES JAPANESE KNOTWEED GROW?
CAN JAPANESE KNOTWEED REALLY CAUSE SUBSIDENCE?
WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO TACKLE/REMOVE JAPANESE KNOTWEED IF IT TAKES ROOT IN MY GARDEN?
CAN JAPANESE KNOTWEED CAUSE ME ANY PHYSICAL HARM IF I COME INTO CONTACT WITH IT?
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO TACKLE JAPANESE KNOTWEED?
IF I DO FIND JAPANESE KNOTWEED ON MY PROPERTY, DO I REALLY NEED TO GET RID OF IT?
DO I HAVE TO TREAT MY JAPANESE KNOTWEED; CAN I JUST LEAVE IT AS IT’S NOT BOTHERING ANYONE?
SO, IS THERE A LEGAL OBLIGATION FOR ME TO REMOVE JAPANESE KNOTWEED?
HOW LONG WILL JAPANESE KNOTWEED TREATMENT/REMOVAL TAKE? WHAT IS THE MOST QUICKEST AND EFFECTIVE FORM OF TREATMENT?
CAN’T I JUST DIG JAPANESE KNOTWEED UP IF I FIND IT IN MY GARDEN?
WHAT INSURANCE BACKUP IS AVAILABLE IF I CHOOSE TO GO WITH JKSL?
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OK, I’M CONVINCED, HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH?
I believe I have a Japanese knotweed infestation.
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