Just like residential and commercial properties, public property also requires care and maintenance to keep plant growth acceptable and prevent potential hazards to Joe Public walking the street.

This process is known as vegetation management. In short, vegetation management helps keep trees, shrubs and plants under control and rogue undergrowth at bay, keeping the world moving uninterrupted and uninhibited.

If you are responsible for public land or property that is accessible to the general public, you are also responsible for taking care of the greenery. A good vegetation management plan can help you do just that – and we know just the guys to do it for you!

 

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What does a vegetation management plan include?

Vegetation management covers everything you would expect from a public green maintenance programme.

This typically includes typical maintenance tasks – like tree pruning, brush removal and weed control – as well as large-scale jobs, such as felling hazardous trees and implementation of protective measures near power lines.

Strategically planned to cause as little disruption as possible – before, during and after – vegetation management will keep unruly undergrowth from causing issues to the general public (such as blocking footpaths, etc.).

Meanwhile, a good vegetation management plan, carried out with care and attention, will provide efficient removal of unwanted overgrown greenery, while also taking care not to impede on wildlife or negatively affect the environment.

 

Vegetation management with Taylor Weed Control

At Taylor Weed Control, we have a vast amount of experience dealing with a wide array of environments across South Wales and South West England.

We’ve previously provided vegetation management services for a diverse variety of clients, ranging from local authorities and housing associations to charitable trusts and sports clubs.

Our services can be tailored to suit the specific needs of your landscape and your budget, ensuring you get the service that’s right for your property and your purpose.

Keep your property safe and presentable with Taylor Weed Control and a vegetation management plan that’s Taylor-made for you.

 

For more information on our vegetation management services, call 029 2039 7554 today to talk with one of our helpful team of experts. Alternatively, click the button below to request a FREE vegetation management survey now.

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If you’re not familiar with the term “grounds maintenance”, prepare to be enlightened – it’s a big deal!

In fact, from sports teams and retail parks to schools and local parks, it’s one of the most important aspects of day-to-day operations.

 

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What is grounds maintenance?

So, let’s start at the very beginning – what is grounds maintenance?

Anyone that owns a garden knows that, sadly, grass and turf doesn’t take care of itself. In fact, keeping it green and healthy can be a never-ending journey with many speed bumps and roadblocks along the way.

For those in charge of public property, communal land and professional playing surfaces, maintaining the ground can take on a whole new level of importance. In fact, for sports teams in particular it can be the difference between winning and losing.

 

The Importance of Grounds Maintenance

Can you imagine Tiger Woods hitting the perfect putt to sink a birdie, only to have the ball roll off-course due to a dodgy patch of green? It’s fair to say that Mr Woods would not be best pleased.

While that example may seem a little outrageous, professional pitches and playing surfaces are no stranger to grounds maintenance problems.

Even the Principality Stadium has had its fair share of headaches when it comes to grounds maintenance, recurrently taking a pounding in the media for the way its field has cut up during play over the years.

This was particularly notable during the problematic pallet system of the early 2000s, while they also faced issues from Mother Nature in 2009 when the whole pitch had to be replaced following an unfortunate infestation of Bibionidae flies.

Even the introduction of a new £3.1m semi-artificial pitch wasn’t without issues, proving that, even at the top-flight of national sport, grounds maintenance is no walk in the park.

 

Grounds Maintenance Services

If you are in tasked with managing a site where grounds maintenance lies within your remit, why not avoid the unnecessary stress of surface upkeep and call in a professional?

At Taylor Weed Control, we offer a variety of grounds maintenance services across South Wales and South West England, with the experience and expertise to back it up.

Having dealt with a whole host of sporting surfaces – from bowls club and cricket pitches to football and rugby grounds – we know that two surfaces are rarely the same. As such, our bespoke grounds maintenance service is tailored specifically to you.

 

If you’re in need of grounds maintenance service, why not get it Taylor made? Call today on 029 2039 7554 to find out more or click the button below to request a FREE professional grounds survey with no obligation.

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Whether you’re in charge of a sports team, a commercial business park or even a school, the responsibility of taking care of the grounds that come with it can be an additional burden that quickly becomes an unwelcome and avoidable stress factor.

Rogue grass and unsightly weeds can be a pain to tame on your own. Luckily, here at Taylor Weed Control, we offer grounds maintenance Swansea can be proud of, ensuring your patch remains at peak performance all year round.

 

grounds maintenance swansea

 

What grounds maintenance services do you offer?

At Taylor Weed Control, we offer a variety of Swansea grounds maintenance services, ranging from comprehensive maintenance programme to a moss eradication and weed removal.

We understand that no two grounds are the same and that your grounds will need a bespoke service that’s right for you and, more importantly, your ground.

Whether you’ve run into some unforeseen turf trouble and are looking for a one-time fix or you’re looking to hand over the keys to the grassy kingdom for the foreseeable future, we can provide a service to fit your requirements.

 

Why choose Taylor Weed Control?

With specialist equipment, vast experience and expert knowledge, we offer a top-quality service that’s second to none. Think of us as your friendly neighbourhood grounds maintenance gurus!

Our grounds maintenance specialists can help keep your pitch, patch or parkland weed and moss free and ready for whatever is coming its way – be it footfall or football.

Best of all, our professional team of ground experts have access to specialist ground maintenance products exclusively available to industry professionals.

Backed with first-hand experience of top-flight turf across South Wales and South West England, Taylor Weed Control is the perfect choice to keep your ground pitch perfect.

 

For more information on our grounds maintenance Swansea services or to find out more about Swansea grounds maintenance in general, call Taylor Weed Control today on 029 2039 7554. Alternatively, why not request a FREE expert survey of your ground using the button below?

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How to dispose of Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed is a highly invasive plant that grows quickly and can cause significant damage to buildings, roads, and other types of infrastructure that stand in its way.

If you've discovered Japanese knotweed on your property, you're probably eager to get rid of it as soon as possible - but don't be too hasty!

It's extremely important to take care when disposing of Japanese knotweed. Under UK law, those who help the plant to spread - even accidentally - may face:

  • Up to 2 years in prison
  • Or a fine of up to £5,000

It's all too easy for Japanese knotweed to spread!

Japanese knotweed didn't become such a widespread problem in this country by pure coincidence. The plant's rhizome root system allows it to spread from one location to another with frightening ease - a single small root fragment can quickly grow into a whole new plant!

This is why you simply can't be too careful when disposing of Japanese knotweed. Failure to follow the law can end up fostering further knotweed growth, and frankly this species is doing just fine for itself without any extra assistance from us.

So what's the right way to dispose of Japanese knotweed?

While it's not illegal to dispose of Japanese knotweed yourself (as long as you know exactly what you're doing), it's usually preferable to hire a contractor who specialises in Japanese knotweed removal.

Broadly speaking, there are two ways to deal with Japanese knotweed, both of which are generally better left to the experts:

  1. Excavation - The Japanese knotweed is dug up using heavy earth-moving machinery, then transported to a specialist landfill site with the relevant environmental permit (taking care at all times not let any contaminated soil or plant matter find its way into the wild).

  2. Herbicide - Over a number of months, the Japanese knotweed is repeatedly sprayed with herbicide to control the plant's growth.

Although there are certain situations where option 1 may be preferable (e.g. if there is a tight deadline for clearing the site of Japanese knotweed), herbicide application is by far the cheaper option and is usually sufficient to prevent Japanese knotweed from causing any long-term problems.

Japanese knotweed removal services from Taylor Weed Control

Taylor Weed Control specialise in herbicide-based Japanese knotweed control, and we offer this services throughout South Wales, the South West and beyond.

We are registered with the Property Care Association, and our reports are approved by the RICS (Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors), so you can rely on us to handle your Japanese knotweed problem in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

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Japanese knotweed is an incredibly persistent, invasive plant that can be found in gardens across the UK. Home, business or public land, it doesn't discriminate - nowhere is safe!

When it comes to infestations of Japanese knotweed, Swansea is by no means exempt. In fact, this viny villain actually favours damp areas, so if you're walking around Swansea, it's may even see it cropping up on land near the pier, along embankments and even in the hedgerows.

Of course, seeing it grow in the wild and public areas of Swansea is fine - it's only when you suspect it might be encroaching on your own property that it becomes an urgent concern!

Japanese knotweed will spread very quickly if you leave early signs untreated and, although it favours damp areas, it can grow almost anywhere.

If you have a severe Japanese knotweed problem on your hands and you don't get it under control before it spreads, there are all kinds of nasty repercussions. You could be prosecuted, your property could be damaged or you could have real difficulties selling your home

I think I have Japanese Knotweed on my Swansea Property!

Don't panic! Japanese knotweed can be incredibly difficult to get rid of, even tiny rhizomes left in the soil can sprout into a secondary infestation - but you don't need to tackle the problem on your own. 

We have an expert team of Japanese knotweed removal specialists with decades of experience operating in the South Wales area. They will be able to get the intrusive plant under control before it has the chance to spread. Here's what we recommend you do:

  • Submit an enquiry form
  • Have your lawn/garden surveyed for FREE by our team
  • Sit back, relax and let us deal with your Japanese knotweed problem!

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Find Out More About Our Japanese Knotweed Swansea Services: 

As Japanese knotweed specialists, we can help you identify, understand and effectively remove this pesky plant before it spreads throughout your property and into the rest of Swansea!

Luckily, we have a whole section of our site dedicated to Japanese knotweed, so to find out more, simply click the button below!

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If you have any questions about removing Japanese knotweed or our Japanese knotweed Swansea service, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We can be contacted via telephone on 029 2039 7554 or you can email us at sales@taylortwc.co.uk.

Bristol Grounds Maintenance

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Need an expert to help with your grounds maintenance in Bristol? You've come to the right place!

 

Whether it's a commercial business park, a full-size football pitch, or something else entirely, the team here at Taylor Weed Control are more than up to the task!

Better still, our Bristol grounds maintenance services are also available to other parts of South West England as well (including Somerset, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire).

 

We carry out weed control and maintenance for a variety of different clients, including:

  • Those who require a full, comprehensive maintenance service on a regular basis

  • Those who need specialist, one-off assistance with a problem they haven't encountered before (e.g. a moss invasion)

  • Those with unusual / bespoke requirements

 

So, if you're in need of grounds maintenance in Bristol or South West England, don't be shy and give us a call! We'll make sure that your grounds look picture perfect, whatever the season!

For more information on grounds maintenance Bristol-wide or otherwise, click one of the buttons below and get in touch today!

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How to Prevent Japanese Knotweed from Spreading

Transcript: How to Prevent Japanese Knotweed from Spreading

If you think there is a risk of Japanese knotweed on your property it is ABSOLUTELY VITAL that you prevent it from spreading into neighbouring gardens and beyond! Failure to prevent Japanese knotweed from spreading can lead to:

  • Prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000!
  • Extensive damage to your property
  • Difficulties trying to sell your home

How does Japanese Knotweed Spread?

Japanese knotweed has a reputation for being incredibly persistent. It tends to find a way around most conventional methods of weed control, so special care has to be taken to control or remove it properly before it spreads.

It commonly spreads if:

  • You use infested top soil on your lawn
  • You allow contaminated vehicles onto your property
  • You leave early signs untreated

Solution:

  • Always buy your top soil from a reputable supplier
  • Brush or jet wash contaminated vehicles before leaving an infested area
  • Treat early signs of Japanese knotweed right away!

Spotted Japanese Knotweed on Your Property?

Here’s How to Deal With it:

Burn it

  1. Dig up as much of the Japanese knotweed as you can.
  2. Leave the Japanese knotweed canes to dry out.
  3. Burn them!
  4. Dispose of remains properly – rhizomes may survive the burning process.

Bury it

  1. Dig up as much of the Japanese knotweed as you can
  2. Cover it in a root barrier membrane so that it won’t be able to re-establish underground.
  3. Choose an area of your own land to bury the remains.
  4. Dig a hole at least 5m deep & bury.

Leave it to the Experts!

  1. Head to taylor-weed-control.co.uk/japanese-knotweed-removal.
  2. Request a FREE lawn survey & speak to our team about your Japanese knotweed problem.
  3. Arrange a date for us to attend your property.
  4. Sit back, relax & let us do the rest!

To prevent Japanese knotweed from spreading you need to treat it sooner rather than later! Our Japanese knotweed team have over 15-years of experience in preventing Japanese knotweed from spreading – call Taylor Weed Control on 029 2039 7554 today!

 

For more information on how to prevent Japanese knotweed from spreading, hit the button below now and get in touch for a FREE survey.

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Japanese knotweed - the term that strikes fear into many homeowners nationwide.

However, homes aren't the only buildings and structures that can feel the effects of Japanese knotweed, businesses can too. That's why it is extremely important for business owners to understand how this pesky plant can impact their premises.

Luckily, it's not all doom and gloom - there are still options available. At Taylor Weed Control, we're experts in commercial weed removal and particularly handy when it comes to commercial knotweed removal.

If you have an issue with commercial Japanese knotweed, we're confident we'll be able to get to the root of the problem. All you have to do is follow these simple steps.

 

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Commercial Knotweed Procedures

If you are planning to build or develop on land that contains Japanese knotweed, the choice of a 5-year management plan via herbicides is unfortunately not an option. This is usually a result of time constraints from construction workers, planners, resources and finances. Where there are plans for development, The Environment Agency advises that for the complete eradication of Japanese knotweed, the entire rhizome needs to be removed from the soil. Especially when the ground is likely to be disturbed and moved during the construction, building and extension of commercial premises, as the spreading of rhizomes is extremely sensitive.

How Can We Help?

Taylor Weed Control is committed to assisting all business owners with their commercial Japanese knotweed removal requirements. As a result, we provide all our commercial knotweed clients with professional services which are bespoke to their requirements and individual needs. From the initial point of contact, we will provide a thorough and detailed process which will include an initial assessment of your commercial premises, future plans for development, time scales, the identification of potential applications that have to be submitted and finally the most cost-effective means of Japanese knotweed removal.

The Process:

  1. Identification of Japanese knotweed 
  2. Commercial weed removal survey
  3. Report & quotation 
  4. Management plan 
  5. Completion 

If you require commercial Japanese knotweed removal services or would like more information on commercial weed removal, why not drop us a line? Hit one of the buttons below to find out more and book yourself a FREE commercial knotweed survey today! 

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Can you get in trouble with the law if you have Japanese knotweed in your garden? Technically, no. There is no legal obligation 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 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 on your property.

Currently, there are no regulations 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. 

Are there laws about treating 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. 

Applying pesticides can be quite difficult for a gardening novice, particularly if the Japanese knotweed is in a high traffic family garden or near to an open water source. It's hard to know how much pesticide contamination is 'too much' if you've never treated invasive plants like this before. 

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.

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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The infographic below provides a brief overview of all the common lawn weeds that we have come across throughout South Wales and the South West over the years. Some are more damaging and more difficult to get rid of than others, so we have provided essential information about each that you will need to know! 

Infographic Transcript 

Ephemeral Weeds

This weed type tends to have more than one life cycle per year, therefore ordinary weed killers are not particularly effective. The word ‘ephemeral’ means transitory or quickly fading, referring to the unique growth strategies exhibited by these types of weeds. In each of these growing strategies, the ephemeral weed has a life cycle timed to exploit a short period when specific resources are freely available such as low waters and wet periods.

Groundsel

  • Grows 5-22cm high
  • Lobed leaves & small yellow flowers
  • Sets seed within 4-6 weeks
  • Seeds germinate throughout the year apart from midwinter

Hairy Bittercress

  • Compact plant growing 3-5cm high
  • Tiny white flowers
  • Sets seeds within 4-6 weeks
  • Weed of cool moist conditions – improving drainage will help control

Chickweed

  • Grows 5-7cm high
  • Vigorous spreading habit with small white flowers and an extensive root system
  • One of the most common ephemeral weeds
  • Set seeds quickly – germinate easily in damp soil

Annual Weeds

These types of weed grow and flower in a short period of time. They tend to seed in the winter and come back throughout various times in the year, living for only one season, hence why they are given the name ‘annual’. The trigger for these types of weeds often come from a few wet days during Spring. Take a look a some of the most common annual weeds below.

Fat Hen

  • Grows up to 27cm high
  • Broad leaves with small indistinct green/white flowers
  • Found on rich soil – seedlings germinate in dense patches
  • Seeds persist for a long time and will germinate readily

Yellow Oxalis

  • Grows around 5cm high but it a prolific seeder
  • Seeds are dropped from barely visible pods before even noticing its presence
  • Once present will multiply very quickly
  • Often found in nursery plant pots

Prickly Milk Thistle

  • Can grow up to 90cm high – often smaller
  • Pale yellow flowers
  • Seeds set in as little as four weeks if the plant is in a dry and shaded place
  • Strong taproot, making it difficult to remove when established

Perennial Weeds

These types of weeds are persistent and prone to becoming more and more challenging as time goes on. Perennial weeds appear every year from the same plant and are difficult to get rid of. Many have deep roots which need to be removed but once this is done, smaller regrowth can be handled in an easier manner. These weeds have the ability to cause a great deal of disturbance to your lawn and garden.

Dandelion

  • Can take 6-9 month to remove by digging out small roots
  • Remove as much as parent root as possible to avoid the possibility of re-grow
  • A common weed which spreads easily, they are valued for their medicinal properties and culinary use
  • Leaves are diuretic which cleanses the liver, provide rich mineral content

Dock Leaf

  • Look a lot more difficult to remove than they actually are
  • Slicing through the tap root about 6 inches down and removing as much as possible will often stop it from re-growing
  • Once seed heads mature, large clusters of brown seeds are produced – best burnt
  • Friends as well as foe – Soothes skin stung by nettles by rubbing on affected area

Bramble

  • Always look far more difficult to remove than they actually are
  • Often grows with a tangle of long thorny stems
  • Remove all stems initially and then remove the root
  • Mulching helps after the ground has been cleared

 

These are just a selection of the common lawn and garden weeds you’re likely to find on your property. If you do happen to come across any of these weeds or any other weeds that you may be unsure of, be sure to visit our website https://www.taylor-weed-control.co.uk/ for more information on our weed removal services!