If you have Japanese knotweed on your land, you're not obliged to destroy it, but it is your responsibility to ensure that this invasive weed doesn't spread to anybody else's property. Should the plant spread on your watch, you may find yourself liable from a legal standpoint.
So what happens when there's Japanese knotweed on land adjoining yours? Should you just sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge that you'll be entitled to compensation if the owner of the neighbouring plot allows their knotweed to encroach on your property?
Well, that's not what we recommend. Far better to take action now and make sure you're covered if the knotweed next door becomes your problem as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!