UK-wide Japanese Knotweed Removal & Control

Comprehensive PCA assured Japanese Knotweed Treatment

  • Free Japanese Knotweed surveys. Free Knotweed identification by email.
  • Comprehensive PCA Japanese Knotweed reports containing - value for money effective Japanese Knotweed treatment programs with guarantees.
  • Surveys and treatment options conform to the PCA & Environment Agency code of practice for the control of Japanese Knotweed.
  • Treatment program prices starting at £750 + vat. Far more competitive than the majority of companies and we have the correct accreditation lenders require.
  • Taylor Total Weed Control Ltd provides competitively priced specialist Japanese Knotweed control, eradication & removal on residential, commercial properties and development sites.
  • Taylor Total Weed Control Ltd is the largest licensed Japanese Knotweed contractor / company based in Wales and the South West although we operate throughout the UK.
  • Property Care Association member ( Japanese Knotweed surveyor and Japanese Knotweed contractor whose specialist Japanese Knotweed reports are accepted & approved by the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) for mortgage and planning applications.
  • Contact us if you are buying or selling a property with or near Japanese Knotweed.
  • Buyers and sellers can receive, within a few days of contacting us, property surveys & reports that will support their mortgage application.
  • PCA Qualified experienced staff, producing RICS and mortgage lender approved surveys, reports and treatment programs.
  • Guarantees and Insurance backed guarantees accepted for mortgage applications.

The myths about the introduction of Japanese Knotweed into the UK range from being introduced by the Victorians as a decorative plant, Fodder for animals, to even used as a method of supporting the levees, canal and railway embankments using the root system to anchor the soil.

Despite the good intentions Japanese Knotweed is now a major problem throughout the UK. Taylor Total Weed Control Ltd is being called out to survey and treat an ever increasing number of sites that are contaminated with Japanese Knotweed.

Japanese Knotweed is so strong it has the ability to grow through tarmac roads, between joints and cracks in walls, buildings and concrete slabs.

Japanese Knotweed has been known to penetrate through slabs of concrete and cause major damage to the fabric of buildings and walls.

Growth rates have been recorded as fast as 2cms per day reaching a height of 3M by late summer.

The roots or Rhizome system will quickly form an extensive network that can reach several metres down and at least 4 metres around the stand of Knotweed.

There are even cases of drains and cavity walls becoming blocked with Knotweed.

The plant is one of the most invasive plants in the UK covered under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is an offence to plant or encourage the growth of Japanese Knotweed or even knowingly allow the plant to spread.

The simple act of cutting or disturbing the soil around the plant if not strictly managed could be classed as encouraging the Knotweed to grow. In many cases well intentioned cutting of Knotweed is the reason the Knotweed has spread.

A tiny fragment of root can quickly establish a new plant. The seeds which the plant produces in late spring are sterile.

The plant spreads from rhizomes or by pieces being transported to other sites. A small 3cm piece of rhizome can remain dormant in the soil for several years before it appears.

It is imperative that a professional and scientific approach is adopted using Taylor Total Weed Control Ltd who are experienced licensed contractors with trained experienced staff.

As it is not native to the UK the Japanese Knotweed can spread very quickly. It develops a thick leafy canopy that prevents other plants from developing. Although not toxic to humans, animals or other plants it does not provide a viable habitat for native birds, insect or animals.

In many cases the spread of Knotweed has been increased by the well intentioned but misinformed amateur attempts at treating Knotweed that unintentionally spread the Knotweed further. The law says it must be treated properly and it is an offence to cause it to grow in the wild.

Many developers who have problems obtaining planning consent or finance if they have Knotweed and landowners who do not want to see the value of their land decrease due to the presence of Knotweed, have been using our services to control Knotweed on their land. Taylor Total Weed Control Ltd have several years experience providing simple cost effective control and eradication of Knotweed.

There are two main recognised methods of control:

  • Expensive and inefficient site clearance by JCB and transport to specialist landfill sites
  • The cost effective control and eradication using specialist herbicides applied by qualified operatives. Chemical treatment rates from Taylor Total Weed Control Ltd usually work out at approx 10 -15 % of the prices quoted for mechanical removal when comparisons have been made. Not only is it more effective, herbicide is also a lot cheaper.

The environment agency recommends the use of herbicide as the most effective method for the treatment of Knotweed.

Spraying with herbicide

There are a number of herbicides that can be used to treat Knotweed. The key point is to make sure that any nearby watercourses are not contaminated with herbicide. Spraying the leaves of the plant with an appropriate herbicide is the most cost effective and efficient method. It does however take several repeated applications over several years to be entirely effective. The rhizome or roots can remain viable for several years.

Spraying should be carried out between May and September with a minimum of two, preferably three applications during that time.

Digging and spraying

When 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, then spraying and mechanical removal are usually resorted to on the basis time is short.

The best method is to spray the affected area several weeks prior to mechanical removal to attempt to get herbicide into the root system.

The area affected should be excavated to a depth of seven metres and a buffer zone of at least 4 metres around any stand of Knotweed, to allow for the spread of the root system.

It is essential that all Knotweed rhizomes are removed from the site and carefully transported to an approved licensed site that will accept Knotweed. Throughout the whole process only approved licensed transport companies should travel to approved licensed landfill sites, that can provide the correct official certificates to show disposal. The costs associated with clearing Knotweed in this fashion are substantial when compared to the costs of just spraying the Knotweed.

Even after mechanically removing the Knotweed it is advisable to continue to monitor the site and be prepared to spray for re growth.

All equipment used even footwear and overalls of the employees should be cleaned and sterilised to prevent the spread of Knotweed.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Taylor Total Weed Control Ltd.

 

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