When Japanese knotweed is found on or near properties, it can pose an array of potentially expensive problems for a number of different parties. Firstly, homeowners that spot knotweed near their property may begin to worry about its far-reaching and invasive rhizomes growing through buildings and foundations causing hundreds, maybe thousands of pounds of structural damage.
Secondly, estate agents worry as Japanese knotweed near properties may pose a risk to potential sales. And lastly, property developers fear unbudgeted costs through knotweed treatment costs and site delays if not dealt with properly from the very start.
With all of these potential problems, it comes to no surprise that many people take to dealing with Japanese knotweed themselves, however, as knotweed becomes more problematic due to its ability to spread easily if managed incorrectly, much legislation on the management and removal of knotweed now exists. One of the most commonly asked questions surrounding knotweed and its removal is "can Japanese knotweed be burnt?"
To make things easy to understand, the experts here at Taylor Total Weed Control are here to tell you.
One thing that all lawn care enthusiasts and homeowners can agree on is that weeds are a nuisance, especially the invasive and problematic type. However, not all weeds respond to dangerous chemical the same way. Many weeds are in fact resistant to herbicides and respond much better to different methods of control.
By understanding and utilising these different methods, you will be in the best possible position to eradicate all and any weeds that may start to crop up in and around your lawn.
So, let's take a look at the different weed control methods that you can start using.
SHORT ANSWER: Moss requires moist conditions to grow, so it tends to flourish in autumn and winter, then die back during the summer.
Moss isn't especially harmful, but it can be quite unsightly - particularly when it takes hold of your otherwise pristine lawn or your once-picturesque patio.
It is agreed amongst professionals and experts that the invasive plant Japanese knotweed can cause problems to homes and properties as a result of its ability to grow and spread at an alarming rate. But can Japanese knotweed cause subsidence? Taylor Total Weed Control is here to help you find out!
Before we can look into whether knotweed can cause subsidence, we must first try to understand what subsidence means. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the term subsidence means 'the process by which land or buildings sink to a lower level'. Therefore, the understanding is whether Japanese knotweed possesses the ability to cause lands or buildings to sink, leading to extreme structural damage.
Many varying opinions exist on this topic, with some arguing that knotweed does cause subsidence and some arguing that it doesn't. We're here to offer our professional opinion on the matter to try and answer the questions as best we can as well as letting you know how Taylor Total Weed Control can help if you've spotted knotweed on or near your property and are worried about the potential damage it can cause.
You probably already know that Japanese knotweed is a big problem here in the UK. But can this invasive plant species be found all over Great Britain, or is its growth concentrated in specific areas?
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According to gardenorganic.org.uk, Japanese knotweed was initially "most prevalent in South Wales, perhaps due to the moist climate, but it is now widespread throughout the UK". As we mentioned in a previous blog post, South Wales is still - to this day - one of the UK's key Japanese knotweed hotspots, alongside cities like London and Bristol.
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The term "invasive species" may not sound very threatening, but these invaders, both large and small, can and do have devastating effects on wildlife and communities across the world.
Invasive species are one of the most threatening problems to native wildlife, with approximately 42% of endangered species at risk as a result of invasive species. Endangered species aren't the only things that are at risk due to invasive species, however, with economies and human health also susceptible to feel the effects. The impact that invasive species have on our natural ecosystems and economy cost billions each and every year, with many of our recreational, agricultural and commercial activities heavily reliant on healthy native ecosystems.
Salt is very versatile - it can make virtually any meal taste better - but sadly, there are some problems that salt can't solve.
You may have heard that salt can be used to kill garden weeds, and there is some truth to that. Applying salt to an unwanted plant can cause the plant to dehydrate and ultimately die.
But should you actually try this? The RHS don't recommend it: "The use of bleach or salt to kill weed on paths and drives is strongly discouraged, as this can cause pollution and damage plants."
Besides, Japanese knotweed is no run-of-the-mill garden weed. It takes a lot to eradicate this invasive species once and for all - a mere sprinkling of salt just won't do it!