Can you get in trouble with the law if you have Japanese knotweed in your garden? Technically, no. There are no Japanese knotweed laws stating that you have to remove Japanese knotweed from your own property.

However, you MUST NOT:

  • Let Japanese knotweed grow or spread into the wild.
  • Allow Japanese knotweed to spread from your garden into neighbouring gardens.

Failure to comply with either of these Japanese knotweed laws can lead to prosecution, a fine and/or imprisonment. Therefore, it is important that you put a proper plan of action in place if you do notice Japanese knotweed is growing on your property.

Currently, there are no laws stating Japanese knotweed infestations need to be reported, however, reporting the problem & notifying neighbours can prompt them to check their own gardens for signs of Japanese knotweed and get the problem resolved quickly. 

Japanese Knotweed UK Law - Treatment

Treating your own Japanese knotweed

The most effective way of treating Japanese knotweed involves the use of pesticides. Anyone who chooses this method of treatment is bound by The Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 to ensure that all the necessary precautions are made to protect other human beings, animals and plant life.

To treat your own Japanese knotweed, you do not have to have Japanese knotweed qualifications, however, applying pesticides can be quite difficult for a gardening novice. If the Japanese knotweed is in a high traffic family garden or near to an open water source,  it can be hard to know how much pesticide contamination is 'too much'.

Here at Taylor Weed Control, we always recommend leaving the treatment of Japanese knotweed to the professionals. We have been dealing with this invasive plant for over a decade, so we can get the job done quickly and efficiently without damaging the surrounding environments.

Professional Japanese knotweed treatment

There are Japanese knotweed laws in place to make sure that people treating knotweed commercially have the necessary Japanese knotweed eradication certificate. 

Companies offering a professional Japanese knotweed removal service must be certified to use, supply and store the specialist 'agricultural pesticides' required for the knotweed treatments. Operatives must also be properly trained in the application of these pesticides.

If a knotweed removal company employs an individual who doesn't have the proper Japanese knotweed qualifications, they can be supervised by a more senior member of staff (someone who does have their Japanese knotweed eradication certificates). The conditions of this require that they must be seen and be able to hear their supervisors instructions at all times.

Our Japanese Knotweed Qualifications

As one of the leading Japanese knotweed removal specialists in South Wales, we have gained a number of industry-recognised accreditations. All of our Japanese knotweed removal technicians are properly trained and qualified to complete their job, and that's why so many people choose us for their Japanese knotweed removal! 

We can offer you a FREE, no-obligation lawn survey to establish the extent of your Japanese knotweed problem, then we can treat it for you. This way, you won't have to concern yourself with the legalities of Japanese knotweed.

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When it comes to gardening chores, pulling up weeds can be like pulling teeth: it’s a painful process that nobody wants to go through but is often a necessary evil that’s a means to an end.

However, like pulling teeth, doing so yourself is probably not the smartest way to go about it. Not only can it be risky but it can also result in further complications down the line.

In order to ensure you get the job done well first time, the best bet is to call in the experts. Luckily, your friendly neighbourhood weed whackers here at TWC have you covered... for weeds that is, not teeth pulling.

But there’s a lot more to de-weeding a garden than simply yanking up unsightly plants from the roots. Like any self-respecting professional, lawn care experts will also need a license to do so.

 

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Law of the Land

In order to professionally administer weed killer, lawncare specialists must come equipped with a relevant weed killer license that permits them to do so – and with good reason.

The chemicals used can not only be harmful to the untrained but also to the environment if used incorrectly. To avoid harm to yourself, your garden or others, it’s important that whoever that your garden expert of choice is a fully licensed pro.

While you are free to use over the counter weed killer products on your own domestic land, commercial weed killing services can no longer be supplied without the relevant qualifications, following the introduction of new laws in 2015.

This is great news for prideful professionals, as it weeds out the industry cowboys; however, it’s also good news for you, the consumer. Stricter training regulations mean you get a better service and more professional treatment of your lawn if you do turn to an expert for a helping hand.

 

Weed Out the Competition

So, just what do you need to look out for when identifying if your chosen pro is licensed to use weed killer?

The specific qualifications your pro will need to have are in particular are the PA1 and PA6 qualifications. These are commonly known collectively as the NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides.

In order to pass as a fully-qualified weed removal expert, your chosen expert will need to have both PA1 and PA6 certification in order to qualify as a horticultural hitman of weeds. One or the other won’t suffice, so be sure they have both sides of the equation covered.

The PA1 represents the theory side of the course – including health and safety requirements, product knowledge and legislation – while the PA6 covers the all-important practical side, providing first-hand experience of manual handling and safe pesticide use.

Once completed, the course provides a lifetime qualification for safe use of pesticides in public places. As a life-long license, there is no expiry to this certification (barring any drastic changes in regulations or chemical usage).

 

Grandfather Rights

To muddy up the process even further, you may stumble across the term “grandfather rights”. This is in reference to a legal loophole that allows those born before 1965 to use professional crop protection without a weed killer license.

However, since the updated laws came into effect, this loophole is no longer valid and the term has now run its course. If your lawncare professional does try to pull a fast one using the “grandfather” card, don’t be afraid to lay down the law and give them what for.

 

Additional Paperwork

In addition to a valid weed killer license, it’s also worth checking your lawn care professional is covered with the relevant Public Liability Insurance.

PLI covers the service provider for your compensation, should something go awry with the treatment and you need to make a claim (such as personal injury or property damage).

While this may not seem like your concern as a consumer, it’s good to know that your lawn care professional is capable of paying up should worse come to worst.

 

Good to Know

While often used interchangeably, there is actually a notable difference between the “pesticides” and “herbicides”. Luckily, the name tags of each provide a not-so-subtle clue as to which one is which.

Pesticides are chemicals used to control harmful insects that can destroy flowers and other vegetation. Herbicides, on the other hand, are chemicals used to treat weeds that can negatively affect and hinder the growth of vegetation. Despite the difference between the two, both are covered under the PA1 and PA6 license.

If you do decide to use weed killer on your own garden, be careful when ordering products online as some professional-grade weed killer products found online requires an equally professional applicators license. To avoid any issues, be sure to double-check before you hit the “order” button.

For safe, secure and certified weed killing services, Taylor Weed Control offers all that and then some. Our fully-licensed weed killing services are both effective and affordable, guaranteed to save your garden from any weedy worries you may have.

 

For more information on our lawncare and weed killing services from Taylor Weed Control, why not drop us a line today on 029 2039 7554 or click the button below to request a FREE survey.

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Japanese knotweed is a notoriously intrusive plant that can rock your property to its very foundation, damaging your house price as well as its structural integrity.

However, you don’t have to have it on your land for it to cause issues. A case of Japanese knotweed next door can be just as damaging as having knotweed present in your garden, primarily as it can quickly lead to just that.

If Japanese knotweed has been discovered on your next-door neighbour’s property, the principal concern above all else is preventing the possibility of the knotweed spreading onto your property.

Luckily, Taylor Weed Control has you covered with our Japanese knotweed monitoring programme – tailor-made to keep your property protected in the event of neighbouring knotweed.

 

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“Help – My Neighbour has Japanese Knotweed!”

From a legal perspective, your neighbour is under no legal obligation to remove or treat Japanese knotweed on their own property (although this can differ under Scottish law).

However, the moment the knotweed creeps over the threshold and into your land, it’s effectively classed as a private nuisance. Once this breach has occurred, your neighbours are liable for legal action.

Naturally, taking legal action on a neighbour can lead to untold social issues and a Japanese knotweed neighbour dispute can easily turn into an unwanted headache for all parties. As such, it should be considered a last resort.

That being said, it can happen all too easily so it’s important to keep your best interests protected. Keep potential knotweed drama to a minimum with Japanese knotweed monitoring programme from Taylor Weed Control.

 

JKW Monitoring Programmes

Japanese knotweed infestation can seriously damage the value of your property, so it’s not an issue to be taken lightly. If you suspect your neighbour has Japanese knotweed next door, quick action can lead to an effective solution and minimise cost, damage and headaches along the way.

If you can’t come to an amicable solution with your neighbours or they are simply in denial of its existence, Taylor Weed Control’s Japanese knotweed monitoring programme can provide your neighbour with documented evidence of Japanese knotweed on-site, highlighting to all involved that knotweed is indeed present.

 

Keeping You Covered

Once we have identified the knotweed, we can inform your neighbours via an official letter of their legal obligation to deal with the issue, in order to prevent it from spreading to your property. This will include the knotweed-specific TA5 and TA6 property information forms.

Following the notification of your neighbours, we can also provide regular visits thereafter to check the development of the knotweed, if the neighbour has taken action and, if so, how effectively have they dealt with the issue. This includes photographic evidence where necessary.

If your neighbour has neglected to take appropriate action or the treatment has proved ineffective and the knotweed does indeed spread to your property, your back is legally covered. The records of our TWC monitoring programmes will provide ample evidence that you took preventative actions to avoid such a situation arising and you are free to take action as needed.

 

For more details on our Japanese knotweed monitoring programme or additional advice on how to deal with Japanese knotweed next door, call now on 029 2039 7554 or click the button below to get in touch online.

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In the world of property sales, the very utterance of the words “Japanese knotweed” is enough to induce migraines for estate agents nationwide, often accompanied by a deep sigh and a heavy facepalm.

The reason for this is that the identification of Japanese knotweed on a property can pose many issues for estate agents and can even result in the loss of a house sale completely.

To avoid such issues. It’s well worth boning up on your knotweed knowledge and getting to grips with the ins and outs of this vexatious vine.