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Japanese Knotweed Control

We are experts in the identification and treatment of Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica). This troublesome weed can be very difficult to get rid of without the help of a qualified contractor who specialises in Japanese knotweed control.

Our highly-trained Japanese knotweed specialists have been working with this invasive plant for more than 15 years. We operate nationwide – contact us now to arrange a free survey. We will match any written quotation from a PCA-registered Japanese knotweed contractor.

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Knotweed Control

Professional Japanese Knotweed Contractors

Unlike some companies who claim to specialise in Japanese knotweed control, Taylor Total Weed Control provide honest and transparent advice to help you keep this invasive weed under control. We are among the UK’s leading Japanese knotweed specialists, and we offer a comprehensive range of services, including:
  • Confidential Japanese knotweed surveys
  • Herbicide treatment programmes
  • Excavation and removal
  • Reports for mortgage applications
We have perfected our treatment plans to keep costs to a minimum, and our staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Property Care Association Members

Property Care Association
Many Japanese knotweed contractors fail to follow the relevant code of practice laid out by the Environment Agency and end up making the spread of this highly invasive plant even worse. Taylor Total Weed Control are members of the Property Care Association, and our reports are accepted and approved by the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors (RICS), so you can rest assured that our services meet the very highest standards.

How to Get Rid of Japanese Knotweed

Broadly speaking, there are two ways to eradicate Japanese knotweed: herbicide application, or excavation and removal.

Digging up and removing the plant is very expensive – not only does it require the use of heavy excavation machinery, you must also pay to have the Japanese knotweed transported to a specialist landfill site.

For this reason, we recommend using herbicides to control Japanese knotweed in most cases. This is a far more affordable choice, typically costing just 10-15% of the prices quoted for mechanical removal.



If using herbicides to get rid of knotweed, it is critically important to ensure that nearby watercourses are not contaminated. Spraying the leaves is the most efficient method of herbicide application, although several repeated applications may be required over a number of years (since the rhizome root system can remain viable for quite some time).

Spraying should be carried out between May and September, with at least two – and ideally three – applications completed during that time. Specialist herbicides are required, and these should only be applied by qualified Japanese knotweed experts. Request a Free Survey

If time is a major factor (e.g. when a developer wants to build on a site where delays will add significant costs to the project), it may be prudent to combine spraying with mechanical removal. The best method is to spray the affected area several weeks prior to mechanical removal so as to get the herbicide into the root system. The area should then be excavated to a depth of 7 metres, with a buffer zone of at least 4 metres around any knotweed to allow for the spread of the root system.

Removing large volumes of soil to prevent Japanese knotweed regrowth can leave the ground uneven. This can be avoided with our sifting service. Once the soil around your Japanese knotweed infestation has been thoroughly excavated, we can process it using a unique mobile plant to remove all traces of Japanese knotweed. The sifted soil can then be re-used to level the ground. This solution dramatically reduces the amount of Japanese knotweed waste that will need to be transported to specialist landfill sites.

All knotweed rhizomes must be removed from the site and carefully transported to an approved site that will accept Japanese knotweed. Throughout the whole process, only licensed transport companies who are able to provide the correct certificates should travel to the landfill site. All equipment used – even footwear and overalls – should be cleaned and sterilised to prevent the spread of knotweed. Even after clearing the site, it is advisable to continue monitoring the area and be prepared to spray for regrowth.

How Much Does Japanese Knotweed Control Cost?

Starting from £75 per application (plus VAT)

Our Japanese knotweed control service is extremely affordable when compared to the majority of UK contractors. Our prices start from just £75 (plus VAT) per herbicide application – we usually recommend a course of herbicide treatments, although we can also dig up and remove your Japanese knotweed if the situation calls for it.

View our price list to request a free, no-obligation knotweed control quote. We can provide all the accreditation reports required by lenders, as well as insurance-backed guarantees to support mortgage applications.

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Buying or Selling a House?

It can be difficult to sell a property that’s affected by Japanese knotweed. Buyers are often reluctant to take on the responsibility of ensuring that the plant does not spread. If you’re struggling to sell your home because there’s Japanese knotweed in your garden – or if you’re thinking of buying a house that’s affected by Japanese knotweed – Taylor Total Weed Control can help. Our knotweed clearance service comes with an insurance-backed guarantee that should help to reassure buyers and lenders alike.

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