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What are the consequences of not controlling Japanese Knotweed early?
By The JKL Team

What are the consequences of not controlling Japanese Knotweed early?

Question: What are the consequences of not controlling Japanese Knotweed early?

Answer: If not controlled early, Japanese Knotweed can impede land use, increase costs, damage structures, devalue property, and create legal problems, especially if disturbed by activities like gardening or construction.

A Closer Look: 

Failing to control Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) early can lead to a multitude of issues. As the plant’s resilient rhizomes spread unchecked, they can impede land use by taking over gardens, agricultural areas, and development sites. This not only disrupts the intended use of the land but also significantly increases management and remediation costs over time. Early intervention is crucial to keep these costs manageable and prevent the Knotweed from establishing a more extensive root system, which would require more intensive and expensive eradication efforts.

Additionally, Japanese Knotweed can cause severe structural damage if left uncontrolled, as its roots penetrate existing weakness in foundations, walls, and drainage systems. This can lead to costly repairs and devaluation of the property. The presence of Japanese Knotweed also complicates property transactions, as lenders may be reluctant to provide mortgages on infested properties. Legal problems can arise if the Knotweed spreads to neighbouring properties, leading to disputes and potential fines. Disturbing the Knotweed through activities like gardening or construction can exacerbate these issues by encouraging further spread and making eradication even more challenging

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