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who can remove Japanese knotweed

Removing Japanese knotweed is not a task that should be undertaken lightly. Japanese knotweed is a fierce and unrelenting invasive species that can re-emerge from tiny particles left in the soil. For that reason, it's important that you only employ trained Japanese knotweed technicians to treat your infestation. Working with the right people, who will do a good job of killing and removing Japanese knotweed will save you time, money and heartache.

Who is responsible for treating Japanese knotweed?

The primary legislation for Japanese knotweed is 'section 14(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981’. This states that the person who owns the land with the Japanese knotweed infestation is responsible for preventing the spread onto neighbouring lands. It's not actually a legal obligation for you to remove the offending knotweed, however, left untreated, it will no doubt cause problems for you and neighbours later down the line. The best course of action is to have Japanese knotweed treated and removed professionally as soon as you identify it!

What's involved when treating Japanese knotweed?

Japanese knotweed can be treated in a few different ways. Most often, it's sprayed with a mixture of specialist chemicals which kills the plant above ground and the roots below ground. Then, the soil is excavated to remove any trace of knotweed.

Guidelines set out by the government suggest that anyone wanting to use specialist chemicals to treat Japanese knotweed must do the following:

  • Make sure anyone spraying holds a certificate of competence for herbicide use or works under the direct supervision of a certificate holder.
  • Carry out a Control of Substances Hazardous to Health assessment.
  • Get permission from Natural England if the area is protected.
  • Get permission from the Environment Agency if the plants are near water.

Choose companies with accreditations

If you're not sure who can remove Japanese knotweed and who can't, we'd recommend getting in touch with a professional Japanese knotweed removal company (like ourselves). Companies that specialise in Japanese knotweed removal are likely to have a number of accreditations that show they are competent in handling & removing this invasive species. 

Here at Taylor Total Weed Control, we have a number of Japanese knotweed accreditations including:

  • PCA certification - which shows we follow strict standards and offer a high level of technical knowledge and skills.
  • Environmental Agency - we work alongside the environmental agency to ensure that all of our 'land waste' is disposed of properly.

Take a look at our full list of accreditations here.

Professional knotweed removal service

Looking for professional Japanese knotweed removal? Look no further. We have a team of technicians who can all remove Japanese knotweed efficiently. We've been dealing with Japanese knotweed across South Wales and South West England for several years, so we're sure we can tackle your infestation. Don't waste your time with cowboy knotweed removers, stick to people who can remove Japanese knotweed properly.

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If you have any questions about our Japanese knotweed services, or if you'd like to book a consultation, give us a call on 029 2039 7554. We look forward to hearing from you!

Read More: Do You Need a Licence to Remove Japanese Knotweed?

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So, you've finally cut down the tree in your back garden that has been plaguing your property since forever, but now you're wondering if it'll grow back? Can it grow back? 

If you're worried about an old tree stump growing back and the thought of having to deal with it again, don't panic, Taylor Total Weed Control are here to help! 

In this blog, we take a look at the possibility of tree stumps growing back and what you can do to ensure your property remains tree and stump-free. 

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Japanese knotweed can cause a lot of problems on your property so it's important you can identify it all year round! Now that we're moving into spring, you'll probably notice a lot of different plants emerging in your garden, so it's important to keep your eye out for Japanese knotweed. Left untreated, Japanese knotweed can damage your property and can even prevent you from selling your home. 

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Knowing what Japanese knotweed looks like in the spring can help you save money on treatment, repairs, and lawsuits! That's right, people have been known to sue their neighbors if Japanese knotweed has been allowed to invade their property, so spotting and treating it early is a must!

Read More: What to do if your neighbour has knotweed

Japanese knotweed appears in spring

Most people see Japanese knotweed appear in the garden for the first time during spring. Like all plants, Japanese knotweed grows new shoots that grow up through the soil when the weather starts to get warmer. 

Japanese knotweed in spring

Initially, Japanese knotweed spears will appear. They're red/purple in colour and look very similar to asparagus, with a woody stem and a pointed tip. During spring, the leaves of the Japanese knotweed plant are curled up (they're still very young at this point). 

By the end of spring, these small canes can be up to 3 metres high! Japanese knotweed grows quickly, which is another reason why you should keep your eye out for it during spring. 

Japanese knotweed in summer

If by chance, you don't notice the Japanese knotweed in your garden in summer, you might have a chance to spot it in summer before it spreads too far!

During summer, Japanese knotweed has a lot more foliage, it appears green and leafy with only a few speckles of red/purple left on the stem.

When Japanese knotweed eventually flowers, it has small creamy white flowers, which ironically, are quite pretty. Unfortunately, these little white flowers are a sign of an underlying problem that needs to be dealt with quickly. 

Head to our Japanese knotweed Identification page for more information!

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Remember to check the plants in your garden regularly during spring and summer. If you spot anything that looks like Japanese knotweed, you should get it checked by Japanese knotweed specialists immediately. Contact us for a Japanese knotweed survey now!

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are overgrown weeds a health and safety risk

There are a lot of reasons why you shouldn't let weeds get out of control on your commercial property. Weeds that have grown wild will make your business look unprofessional and, in some circumstances, can even give the impression that you're no longer in business. That being said, the appearance of overgrown weeds is the least of your problems. Overgrown weeds can become a health and safety risk for employees and customers, so it's important that you tackle them as soon as they start to appear. 

Overgrown weeds are a trip hazard

One of the biggest health and safety concerns associated with overgrown weeds is the possibility of a trip or fall. Some weeds, like brambles, have long branches that can quickly tangle and become a trip hazard. Other weeds that grow thick and close to the ground, like moss, can become slippery and cause people to fall and injure themselves. 

These types of weeds can crop up anywhere around your commercial premises but are most likely to pose a health and safety risk in car parks and on walkways where footfall is the highest. 

We are aware that some commercial properties have been left empty for several months now due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. If you're planning to have employees and customers return to the workplace over the next few months, we'd highly recommend enquiring about our weed, shrub, and bramble clearing services.

Dead/dry weeds are a fire hazard

During the summer months, overgrown weeds can die back and dry out completely. This dry vegetation can be a fire hazard if it's left untreated. Thankfully, here in the UK, we don't suffer from wildfires like other countries in the world, but that doesn't mean that there's absolutely no risk of an outdoor fire on your premises.

A carelessly dropped cigarette, faulty electrical equipment or flammable liquids spilt in the area can all turn into a fire on your premises in a split second. The best way to eliminate the possibility of a fire is to remove the dried weeds as quickly as possible!

Thick patches of weeds attract pests

Overgrown weeds also become a health and safety concern when they start to attract pests like mice, rats and insects. Many of the pests that usually live amongst overgrown weeds carry diseases. This can become a serious problem, especially if your business serves food to the public. 

If you do notice that weeds on your property are getting out of hand and starting to attract pests, we'd urge you to get in touch right away. You don't want to be left with a lawn suit on your hands because you didn't take reasonable steps to deal with the overgrown weeds on your property.

So, to answer the question - are overgrown weeds a health and safety risk? The answer is yes! It's clear to see how overgrown weeds can pose a range of different health and safety risks. If you feel that the weeds on your property are getting out of hand, it's important you take steps to deal with them before a serious incident occurs. Request a FREE Survey.

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Overgrown garden

Have you recently purchased a brand new property with an overgrown garden then needs clearing? Maybe you've left your own garden to run wild for a little too long and now it's time to take care of it. Either way, an overgrown garden can be a real headache to look at, let alone clear! 

So, to make things a little easier for you, the team here at Taylor Total Weed Control have come up with this simple guide on how to clear an overgrown garden for you to follow to make your garden nightmares a thing of the past. 

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Here at Taylor Total Weed Control, we offer two different types of surveys depending on the level of information that you need. A basic survey will help you identify whether you have Japanese knotweed or not, while our in-depth survey will give you a wealth of information about the problem.

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Basic Japanese Knotweed Survey

This Japanese knotweed survey is supplied to you free of charge*. It will tell you whether or not there is Japanese knotweed on the site and it will tell you the different prices for our treatment options.

*This survey is free of charge unless there are high travel costs to get to the site.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak today confirmed that the stamp duty holiday for home buyers in England and Northern Ireland - previously slated to end on 31 March - will be extended for another three months.

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Japanese knotweed

First introduced to the UK in the 19th century, Japanese knotweed has become a widespread issue for many people across the country. Brought here from Asia as an ornamental plant and cattle fodder, knotweed was reported as a garden escape in the late 19th century which eventually naturalised populations in the early 20th century. Fast forward to the present day and knotweed can be found all over the UK, causing tremendous amounts of structural and environmental damage across many cities and towns.

So, where does Japanese knotweed grow and where are the areas that you're most likely to find it? Read on to find out!

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A homeowner from London has claimed nearly £30,000 after Japanese knotweed, the invasive plant introduced to the UK in the mid1800's, encroached onto their property from one of their neighbours. Knotweed has a long history of devaluing homes up and down the country as a result of its deep, fast-growing root system damaging surrounding land.

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Since its introduction to the UK in the 19th century, Japanese knotweed has been a real nuisance for people, businesses, buildings and the environment. As a result of its devastating and invasive nature, it has caused hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of pounds worth of damage to roads, infrastructure and local ecosystems, resulting in tremendous amounts of repair work and logistical nightmares.

This has lead to several legislative movements with laws put in place here in the UK to control the spread of Japanese knotweed, focusing on how it is stored, destroyed and reproduced. Since these laws have passed, people and businesses across the UK now understand how they are able to manage knotweed and what options are available to them if they were to come across, but are these laws the same across other countries?

We’re here to find out! So, read on to learn about how Japanese knotweed is controlled and managed throughout the world.

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