Japanese knotweed and the law
This page covers Japanese knotweed Law, what you need to know & who is responsible for Japanese knotweed and what to do if you find knotweed.
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Japanese knotweed infestations are high across many parts of Bucks county. This highly invasive plant grows quickly, causing legal issues if allowed to spread onto neighbouring property. Read on to find out how our teams will get rid of knotweed for you.
Excavation is the best option for many homeowners and businesses wanting to remove Japanese knotweed for good. We also have a watching brief service for construction and developer companies who have the equipment but require the expertise our teams provide.
Japanese knotweed is a highly resilient invasive plant that is capable of growing new shoots from its underground root network. These special roots are known as rhizomes, and even a tiny piece as small as 0.5g is capable of allowing the infestation to regrow. With root systems that bury deep into the ground, excavation of the contaminated soil is the best way to completely remove the infestation.
If excavation is not what you want we can provide a Chemical Treatment plan. Special herbicides are used to control its growth and stop the spread. Japanese knotweed treatment will exhaust the plant’s ability to grow and will force it into a dormant state .
Over the course of the plan, the treatment programme will prevent the plant producing aerial growth and additionally, prevent the rhizomes from growing further. If the knotweed area is likely to be disturbed physical removal of the knotweed may be required instead.
Treatment methods include stem injection, herbicide spray and leaf wiping. Our herbicide programmes are packaged within a Knotweed Management Plan (KMP), which comes with an Insurance Backed Guarantee.
The average cost to remove Japanese knotweed varies, depending on the methods involved and the size of the affected areas. If it is identified and dealt with promptly, the costs of removing Japanese knotweed can be kept to a minimum. Long-term herbicide treatment is usually the most cost-effective control method. Our professionally delivered herbicide treatment programme will provide successful chemical control of Japanese knotweed within a period of 3-7 years.
Excavation of Japanese knotweed costs more than herbicide treatment due to labour, materials, waste removal and reinstatement costs. However, it ensures complete Japanese knotweed removal allowing free use or development of the property. We provide cost-efficient excavation due to our extensive experience whilst minimising waste volumes.
Following our professional surveys we will provide you with a no-nonsense, comprehensive report with no-obligation recommendations and quotes.
There are lots of theories on the internet about how to remove Japanese knotweed – from using a lawnmower to using a flamethrower. The truth is that there is no way to deal with Japanese knotweed yourself. You need to have a plan in place to control the Japanese knotweed, or you need to excavate it to get rid of it once-and-for-all.
As knotweed is an invasive species that is classed as “Controlled Waste” it can only be removed by licensed organisations. It must be disposed of safely at a licensed landfill site by a registered waste carrier. Carelessly disposed of, knotweed can cause an infestation. Due to this, and the legal issues surrounding knotweed, we do not advise you try to undertake this operation yourself. Contact us instead.
Japanese Knotweed Ltd has been operating in Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas since 2010 and we have established some really strong ties to local business and communities. We have highly trained and accredited surveyors and technicians carrying out treatment plans and excavations for hundreds of satisfied customers all throughout the London area, and we would be thrilled to have your business.
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We are members of the Property Care Association and have a proven track record working successfully for local councils, developers, construction companies and private landowners. If you are selling or buying a property that is affected by Japanese knotweed, request your free* Japanese knotweed Survey.
If you suspect that you have Japanese knotweed on your property or construction site, then contact us for a survey. A survey is the first step in controlling or removing a Japanese knotweed infestation