Japanese knotweed has long been the worst enemy to those looking to buy and sell property in the UK, with its mere presence being enough to stop a sale dead in its tracks.

However, that could all be set to change in the near future, thanks to a pending parliamentary investigation in the works.

Parliament has urged the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to commission a new and potentially ground-breaking study on international approaches to Japanese knotweed.

 

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“Overly Cautious”?

The news comes following a thorough examination of the latest Japanese knotweed research by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.

According to the examination conducted by the Committee, lenders overseas do not necessarily treat knotweed with the same degree of caution as they do domestically in the UK.

As a result of the study, the Committee voiced its concern that the UK approach was overly cautious and therefore unnecessarily damaging to homeowners and those looking to sell properties with Japanese knotweed.

 

Potential Impact

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has pitched the concept with the intent of using the results for further discussion and a subsequent more detailed report down the line.

Should the overall outcome confirm that the typical UK lender’s stance on Japanese knotweed is indeed “overly cautious”, it could potentially have a considerable impact on the property market as a result.

 

Suggestion Pending

Despite the prospective influence, such a study could have on the housing market and people’s attitudes to Japanese knotweed in general, it’s worth noting that the study has yet to be confirmed.

As of press time, the status of such an investigation is merely in the recommendation stage, with the Committee simply putting the concept forward to Defra as a suggestion.

As a result, ignoring Japanese knotweed and deeming it a non-issue as things stand is a not only a premature approach, it can also prove to be a short-sighted, risky and costly decision.

 

Knotweed Removal

Regardless of whether Japanese knotweed is ultimately deemed to be a serious issue or not, removal and treatment is undoubtedly the safest and smartest way to keep your property protected.

Horror stories of overrun gardens and infested landscapes are far from tall tales and we’ve seen first-hand just how devastating a Japanese knotweed infestation can be if left untreated.

At Taylor Weed Control, we have over 15 years of experience in the weed removal game and are fully equipped with the knowledge, expertise and tools of the trade necessary to rid your property of its unwanted garden guest, once and for all.

 

 

For more information on Japanese knotweed treatment or the variety of Japanese knotweed removal services at Taylor Weed Control, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 029 2039 7554 or get in touch online for a FREE Japanese knotweed survey.

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As the calendar cascades from shimmering summer to auburn autumn and beyond, the temperature naturally takes a Siberian turn.

In fact, as soon as the clocks go back, it’s not unusual for the temperature to drop faster than a microphone at a battle rap.

While the frosty cold and bitter chill can be a stark reminder that summertime has indeed been consigned to history, it does have its perks – particularly when it comes to garden weeds.

Most garden weeds will die out during the wintertime and spend the cold months either biting the dust or kicking the bucket – either way, few tears will be shed in remembrance.

But does the big freeze play the part of a wintry weedkiller for Japanese knotweed as well? Let’s find out…

 

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To Have and Have Knot

Anyone that has been unlucky enough to fall foul of Japanese knotweed has likely been left frustrated to the point of nausea by the relentless persistence of the wicked weed.

However, the summertime supremacy of the Nipponese nuisance does recede during the winter cold, losing its leafy greens and taking on a far less intimidating persona of brittle, brown.

While this may seem to be a welcome reprieve for gardeners, don’t let this faux farewell fool you.

Battle-tested knotweed veterans will know that this is all a clever ruse, perpetrated by the pesky plant to lull you into a false sense of security.

 

What Lies Beneath

Though it may appear, on the surface, to be the very visual death of the once-mighty Japanese knotweed, the aesthetic state of JKW in the winter doesn’t tell the story of what lies beneath.

While the colour may change and the canes may recede, a death this certainly is not. Sadly, the wintertime is merely a powernap for JKW and sooner or later it will rear its ugly head once more.

While such a miraculous resurrection seems almost unfathomable based on its appearance , this is no miracle.

Despite the frail shoots, the knotweed rhizomes remain healthy and virtually unscathed beneath the soil and merely lay dormant in the ground throughout the winter period.

As winter turns to spring, the Nipponese nuisance will rise once more like a phoenix of frustration from the ashes, ready to unleash its wrath once more.

 

Treating Japanese Knotweed in Winter

If you have Japanese knotweed present in your garden, why not give yourself an early Christmas present and serve your unwanted guest a festive eviction notice?

At Taylor Weed Control, our weed-whacking warriors are armed to the teeth with an itchy trigger-finger to match – ready, willing and able to blow your knotty nudnik to smithereens.

With over 15 years of experience in the weed removal game, we have the power to banish the vexatious vine from whence it came. All you have to do is ask!

 

For Japanese knotweed removal that’s efficient and effective, call Taylor Weed Control today on 029 2039 7554. Alternatively, click the button below to request a FREE Japanese knotweed survey today!

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