best way to get rid of japanese knotweed

If you've found Japanese knotweed on your property it's important you get rid of it quickly and efficiently. Leaving it for weeks or months can have a detrimental impact on your property and can even lead to disputes with neighbours! Of course, there's more than one way to tackle Japanese knotweed and some ways are better than others. In today's blog, we take a look at the different methods of Japanese knotweed removal to find out what the best way to get rid of Japanese knotweed is. 


One of the ways you can remove Japanese knotweed is by burning it. Yes, this may seem a little extreme, but incinerating the dried knotweed plant is an effective way to make sure that it doesn't grow back. There are a few problems with this method that means it probably isn't 'the best way to get rid of Japanese knotweed'.

  • The Japanese knotweed needs to be completely dried out
  • You need a micro incinerator to control the burn
  • You need to get in touch with the local council to make sure it's safe and legal to have a fire on your property

Excavation and Landfill

Another method of removing Japanese knotweed is to excavate the site and take the Japanese knotweed and infested soil to a specialist landfill site. This is method is far less dangerous than the burning approach we described previously but it does also create some logistical challenges.

The diggers needed to excavate and remove the knotweed need a  clear access route, and you need to be comfortable with the idea of part of your garden being dug up and removed. In order to make sure that the entire Japanese knotweed plant and the root system is removed, the site needs to be excavated quite deeply. 

Excavation and removal treatments do have a high success rate, so they're definitely worth considering if your property has the appropriate access. Is this the best way to get rid of Japanese knotweed? For some people, yes. However, there is one more way that might just steal the top spot. 

Herbicide Application

The final method we want to look at today is herbicide application. Not only is this one of the more affordable method, but it's also more likely to completely rid your property of Japanese knotweed for good. Here's how it works. 

  • First, you make sure that there are no bodies of water nearby that could be contaminated with the herbicide. 
  • Then, the Japanese knotweed plant is sprayed with specialist herbicides (which cannot be bought commercially)
  • Finally, after a few applications, the plant will die and it can be safely removed from the site

While you still need to dig up a large portion of your lawn to excavate the (now dead) Japanese knotweed, the likelihood of any living rhizomes creating a new problem later down the line is greatly reduced.  For this reason, we would argue that herbicide application and removal is the best way to get rid of Japanese knotweed!

Here at Taylor Total Weed Control, we offer both excavation and herbicide application services. You can learn more about our treatment options and make an enquiry here. Get in touch if you have any questions about the best way to get rid of Japanese knotweed on your property 029 2039 7554.

autumn moss control

During autumn, lawns and gardens can be plagued by a blanket of moss. The most common types of moss you see are yellow tufts which emerge between blades of grass, these give your lawn an uneven texture and colour and can make the lawn feel bouncy underfoot.

Why does moss appear in autumn?

Moss is known to be a particularly bad problem during the autumn months, but why is that? Well, moss can appear in your garden for a number of reasons including:

  • Wet weather or waterlogging
  • Heavily compacted soil
  • Worn areas of grass where children have been playing
  • Soil that lacks nutrition
  • Shaded/dark areas, particularly beneath shrubs or trees

All of these problems that can lead to moss growth are common throughout the autumn months. Firstly, soil can be compacted and worn down a lot more while children are at home over the summer holidays. Next, nutrition in the soil is taken by garden plants during their fastest-growing period. And finally, autumn brings a lot of rain showers which can lead to flooding and waterlogging. All of these factors contribute to the conditions that allow moss to thrive. 

Where does moss grow?

While some people believe moss problems are isolated to lawns, this isn't strictly true. Moss can grow pretty much anywhere when the conditions are good and is known to crop up on logs, tree roots, walls, rocks and buildings. Cracks in tree bark and crevices in walls are particularly favourable places for moss to grow. Why? Because these dark areas a great at collecting moisture and trapping heat. This creates the perfect 'microclimate' where moss can flourish.

How to control the spread of moss in autumn

If you notice a moss problem developing in your garden, you'll want to treat it quickly. Applying ferrous sulphate moss killers and raking the moss to physically remove it from your garden is a great way to keep the moss under control. Generally, moss treatments will need to be repeated every 1-2 months, which can be tiresome for some homeowners. We'd recommend enquiring about our moss control service if you've noticed a developing moss problem this autumn.

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What else can I do to protect my lawn in autumn?

Autumn moss control is one of a few different lawn care services you should be considered for the autumn months. Autumn can be a particularly challenging time for your garden, so it's important you look after it properly. We have lawn care experts here at Taylor Total Weed Control who offer an incredible autumn lawn care treatment.

Your Autumn lawn care plan should include:

  • Weed control
  • Aeration
  • Overseeding
  • Topdressing
  • Scarification
  • Disease protection
  • Worm and pest control

Autumn moss control doesn't have to be a hassle, speak to the moss control experts at Taylor Total Weed Control for a free survey of your moss problem today. Call 029 2039 7554 now!

Here in the UK, we have a long list of non-native invasive plant species that cause a myriad of problems. In some parts of the UK, planting, importing, selling or allowing certain invasive species to grow is punishable by up to two years in prison, so it's important that you know your natives from your non-natives before you start planting your flower bed.

When you come across a new plant in your garden, it can be difficult to know if it's an invasive species and (if it is) what you should do about it. Today we're going to take a closer look at some of the most common invasive weeds in the UK to find out a little more about them. Hopefully, this guide will help you identify and eradicate invasive weeds on your property before they have time to do any damage!

Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia Japonica)

Of course, at the top of our list had to be Japanese knotweed. Noted as one of the most widespread and destructive invasive plant species in the UK, Japanese knotweed can find its way into your garden and cause damage to your home in a matter of a few weeks.

One of the main reasons that Japanese knotweed is so difficult to manage is because it's capable of sprouting from small amounts of rhizomes in the soil. Left untreated, you might find yourself with a whole host of structural repair and legal costs! Find out about our Japanese knotweed treatment plans to get this invasive species under control quickly.


Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed (Heracleum Mantegazzianum)

Second on our list is giant hogweed, an invasive species commonly found here in the UK that originally came from Southern Russia. One thing that people don't know about giant hogweed is that it can actually be harmful to humans. The sap contains chemicals that can cause the skin to blister, so great care needs to be taken when dealing with giant hogweed. 

The giant hogweed is a tall, leafy plant that looks quite similar to cow parsley. It has thick stems and distinctive heads of white flowers which grow up towards the sky. As with Japanese knotweed, it is an offence to purposely grow giant hogweed. Ideally, when you find this invasive weed in your garden, you should seek treatment immediately. If you're touching it yourself, make sure you wear protective gardening gloves and a face mask. 


Himalayan Balsam

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens Glandulifera)

The Himalayan balsam may look like a pretty innocent little flower, but it has a darker side that you might not know about! Each Himalayan balsam plant can disperse nearly 1000 seeds from its explosive pods in the spring/summertime. This makes it a very common invasive plant here in the UK. You'll often see it near to riverbanks where it can quickly grow more than 6ft tall, smothering other plant species and vegetation beneath. 

To treat Himalayan balsam, it is recommended that you pull it up, spray it with weed killer and dispose of it properly. Speak to the Taylor Total Weed Control team if you need advice about invasive plant species disposal. 



Horsetail (Equisetum Hyemale) 

This unusual looking plant is horsetail, a non-flowering, evergreen invasive plant that loves wet conditions. As you can see, it has tall green stems that make it look like a waterside grass. However, horsetail isn't a grass species, and rather than spreading see to reproduce it spreads spores. Much like Japanese knotweed, horsetail has creeping rhizomes that can burrow into the ground as deep as 2 metres. This makes this invasive species incredibly challenging to remove completely. 

One of the easiest ways to take control of a horsetail infestation is to make your soil hospitable to other, more desirable plants. Horsetail is invasive, but it's not very tough when it comes to competing with other species. If you can keep the horsetail shoots short and encourage the growth of other plants, they will eventually smother the horsetail. 


 Hedge Bindweed

Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia Sepium)

Here we have the hedge bindweed, an aggressive invasive weed that can grow around existing plants and trees, making it very difficult to remove. You can spot hedge bindweed very easily because it has unique white trumpet flowers.

Although this is quite a pretty plant, it causes problems when it chokes out other native plant species. Left untreated, this plan can have a serious impact on the biodiversity of our natural areas. Seek help immediately if you notice this invasive species bothering the other plants in your garden. 

Hopefully, this blog gives you a good idea of some of the invasive plant species you might come across here in the UK. If you see an invasive plant species, especially Japanese knotweed, on your property, give us a call today - 029 2039 7554.


Have you spotted Japanese knotweed on your property and are worried you may be breaking the law by doing so? Well, don't worry, because it IS NOT a criminal offence to have Japanese knotweed on your property.


Knotweed & the Law 

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 section 114 (2) (WCA 1981) Japanese knotweed is classed as a controlled plant. Therefore, it is not illegal to have knotweed on your property, but it is against the law to cause or allow the plant to spread in the wild. 

In the eyes criminality, you will not be seen to be breaking the law until Japanese knotweed from your land spreads into another person's property or onto public land. As knotweed is such a rapid grower, it is usually only a matter of time before this happens and your troubles worsen. 

To ensure that you're not held accountable a few years down the line should you wish to legally build on land with Japanese knotweed present, you will need to follow a few steps. It's vital that the plant is taken into consideration in the planning process and that every effort is made to remove the plant and prevent it from further spreading. 


What to do if you find Japanese knotweed on your property?

If you happen to find Japanese knotweed on your property, then you should take extreme care to isolate the area and establish how much of your property has been affected by the plant. Next, you will need to determine where the plant came from and the extent to which the plant impacts your property. 

The best and easiest way of doing this is to get a professional evaluation made. A professional evaluation and survey will be able to tell you what you need to know and give you a better idea of the actions that you'll need to take to eradicate the knotweed infestation. 


Do you have to notify anyone about Japanese knotweed?

As we have mentioned above, it is not a criminal offence to have Japanese knotweed on your property and it is also NOT a notifiable weed. If you allow knotweed to spread to neighbouring properties, it may be seen as a private nuisance under common law, but this would be a civil matter. The Environment Agency is responsible for regulating waste. 

If you do happen to discover a knotweed infestation on your property, you are not legally required to declare it to the authorities. Despite is being illegal to let the plant spread from outside of your land, you are not required to declare the presence of Japanese knotweed to your neighbours or authorities. The only time you should really declare the presence of Japanese knotweed openly is when you are planning to sell your property. A knotweed-specific question is included in the majority of pre-contract enquiry questionnaires, which are based on the Law Society's TA6 Form. Click below to learn more about this form. 

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If you happen to purchase a property that is infested with Japanese knotweed with the understanding that no knotweed was, in fact, present on the land, then you may be able to seek legal action against the seller who may have lied about their knowledge of knotweed being present.

So, in short, it is NOT a criminal offence to have Japanese knotweed on your property, but it is an offence to allow it to spread if you have knowledge of an infestation or if you sell a property with knowledge of an infestation. You do NOT have to declare knowledge of an infestation to neighbours or your local council. We hope that this article has helped to clear up any worries or concerns that you may have surrounding criminal offences and Japanese knotweed. 

If you believe that you have a Japanese knotweed infestation on your property and would like professionals such as us here at Taylor Total Weed Control to come out and examine it, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today by completing the contact form below. 

During the autumn months, the majority of weeds and plants begin to die out and wilt with Japanese knotweed being no different. If you believe you have an infestation of knotweed on or near your property but are unsure and need confirmation, read on to find out what Japanese knotweed looks like in the autumn.

Japanese knotweed in autumn

Photo by Kenneth Allen

Identifying Japanese knotweed in the autumn 

When trying to identify Japanese knotweed during the autumn, the signs that you should be looking out for are: 

  • A very dense cluster of bamboo stems with a lot of foliage 
  • Plants that are approximately 2-3 meters high 
  • Leaves that are starting to turn yellow and are wilting 
  • Hollow bamboo-like stems that are beginning to turn from a reddish-brown into a darker shade of brown 
  • Leaves will contain a distinctive zigzag pattern on the stems 
  • The leaves will also have a distinctive heart-shape with a pointed tip and straightened edge
  • During late autumn the canes will begin to die off and the plant becomes dormant

During the autumn months, Japanese knotweed will look similar to that in late summer, so shouldn't be too hard to identify. During these months, however, Japanese knotweed begins to flower where nearly all of the plant's resources are transferred to its rhizomes, causing it to grow significantly. This presents the optimal time to treat and reduce further rhizome growth.


Japanese knotweed treatment in autumn 

If you're interested in how we work to treat Japanese knotweed during the autumn, take a look at our handy infographic below!

Do you require more information on Japanese knotweed during the autumn? Please feel free to get in touch with the Taylor Total Weed Control team today by filling out the form below - we'd be more than happy to help you out!

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