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A homeowner from London has claimed nearly £30,000 after Japanese knotweed, the invasive plant introduced to the UK in the mid1800's, encroached onto their property from one of their neighbours. Knotweed has a long history of devaluing homes up and down the country as a result of its deep, fast-growing root system damaging surrounding land.


Since its introduction to the UK in the 19th century, Japanese knotweed has been a real nuisance for people, businesses, buildings and the environment. As a result of its devastating and invasive nature, it has caused hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of pounds worth of damage to roads, infrastructure and local ecosystems, resulting in tremendous amounts of repair work and logistical nightmares.

This has lead to several legislative movements with laws put in place here in the UK to control the spread of Japanese knotweed, focusing on how it is stored, destroyed and reproduced. Since these laws have passed, people and businesses across the UK now understand how they are able to manage knotweed and what options are available to them if they were to come across, but are these laws the same across other countries?

We’re here to find out! So, read on to learn about how Japanese knotweed is controlled and managed throughout the world.



how we're staying covid secure

Almost every workplace has had to make adjustments to continue trading during the COVID-19 pandemic, including us. As you know, we're still offering our wide range of Japanese knotweed and ground maintenance services so that you can keep your premises free of invasive weeds. In order to carry out our services safely, we've had to put a few new procedures in place. Here you can read all about them!

Testing Staff

All of the staff that we send out to work outside your homes are COVID-19 tested on a regular basis. This helps us to make sure they're not bringing the virus into our offices or to your doorstep. 

Observing Safety Guidelines

Much like the rest of the country, we constantly have one eye on the ever-changing government guidelines. This helps us to make sure that our practices and procedures are always up to date. We've made lots of different tweaks and changes to the way we work so that we can provide you with the safest possible services. All of our staff members are wearing masks when they're around people, sticking to social distancing guidelines, and keeping their hands, vans, and equipment clean.

Telephone/Email Arrangements

To limit our contact with you as much as possible, we're contacting a lot of our customers over the phone or via email to arrange their treatments. Our friendly team of staff is on hand to answer any questions you may have, rather than arranging face-to-face visits. 

Contact-Free Visits

One of the great things about Japanese knotweed treatments, grounds maintenance, and tree/shrub removal is that all of these services take place outside. This means we can attend your property and get the job done without even knocking on your door. Of course, we have missed catching up with you over a cup of tea, but we'll have plenty of time for that in the future when things go back to normal. For now, we'll do our bit to keep your garden looking its best while you put your feet up indoors.

Staff Separation

Another way that we're keeping you and our staff safe is by insisting that our staff travel to your homes in separate vehicles. Where this isn't possible, we've set up vans with safety screens, separating the front and back portions. Don't worry, we've kitted them up with walkie-talkies so they can still chat amongst each other on the longer journeys. Keeping our staff physically separated on journeys is just another way that we're implementing safe COVID-19 practices while we work.

So there you have it, a little insight into some of the different ways that we're working safely during lockdown. If you'd like us to treat Japanese knotweed, unwanted shrubs, or vegetation on your property, please get in touch!

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japanese knotweed removal costs

Japanese knotweed is not only a notoriously invasive and destructive species, but it's also quite complicated to remove. One of the reasons that Japanese knotweed is so prevalent is that it's able to grow from a tiny fragment (3cm) of rhizome in the soil. 

As you can imagine, thorough removal of Japanese knotweed and its root system is necessary if you want to prevent the spread of the invasive weed in the garden. DIY solutions and botch jobs will only create more knotweed problems for you later down the line!

Take a look at how badly some of the popular DIY methods performed if you don't believe us...


Japanese Knotweed Removal Cost

If you want to eradicate Japanese knotweed from your property for good, it's important that you invest in a professional Japanese knotweed removal service

Here at Taylor Total Weed Control, we offer a range of Japanese knotweed removal packages - all of which are very competitively priced. 

Our Japanese knotweed control service starts at £75 (plus VAT) per herbicide application.

Here's a breakdown of the costs so you can see why our Japanese knotweed removal services offer excellent value for money compared to other Japanese knotweed companies out there.

First, you need to decide which survey is right for you. We've kept the costs on our Japanese knotweed surveys as low as possible so that you can get answers without breaking the bank! Remember, our surveys are no-obligation, so you're not tied into a treatment program with us until you're 100% happy with our quote.

  • Basic Japanese knotweed survey - FREE! We'll visit your property and give you a program quote.
  • Comprehensive survey - £250 +VAT. We'll provide a comprehensive report and detailed treatment programme.

Next, you need to select a treatment plan. Our specialist technicians are happy to advise you on the best treatment for your circumstances if you're not sure which method will work best. Take a look at our Japanese knotweed removal costs below.


Herbicide application

Herbicide treatments as and when you need them, start at £75 +VAT per application. This is a great option if you're working with a small budget and are happy to have us come back to your property as and when you need us.

For a 3-year treatment programme (plus 2 years of monitoring), prices start from £1,695 +VAT spread over 5 years. The cost will depend on the size of the area to be treated. Additional guarantees can be added to this for an additional cost. 

As you can see, herbicide treatment programs are suitable for smaller budgets and they're also very effective. With our guarantees, you can be confident that the Japanese knotweed will not return to your property for years after treatment. 


Excavation programs

If you want to go for a quicker approach to Japanese knotweed removal, excavation is a good option - but it does come with a slightly higher price tag.

We use special equipment to dig the Japanese knotweed out of the ground, including the rhizome root system and any contaminated soil. This is then transferred to a specialist landfill site where it won't spread or cause problems on surrounding land. 

This method of Japanese knotweed removal starts at £850 +VAT per m². This covers the excavation and the removal of all the debris so you'll be left with a clean, knotweed free garden!

We can also add an insurance backed guarantee to any of our treatment plans with a guarantee for £75 - giving you absolute peace of mind. Even if we stop trading, you will be covered if the Japanese knotweed returns.

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As you can see, Japanese knotweed removal is more costly than other weed removal services, but that's because the training and equipment required to eradicate it come with a price! We provide a very cost-effective Japanese knotweed treatment service to all of our clients. So if you have a Japanese knotweed problem on your land - don't hesitate to get in touch. 

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Knotweed with white flowers

Japanese knotweed frequently causes house sales to fall through. This problematic plant tends to make mortgage providers very nervous indeed, and it's common for lenders to pull out when a surveyor discovers Fallopia japonica within (or near) the property's boundaries.

Can I Get a Mortgage on a Property with Japanese Knotweed?

A customer of ours in Caerphilly recently experienced this first hand. Paul Flynn thought he had found a buyer for his property, but his good mood was spoiled when the other party's surveyor reported that there was Japanese knotweed within a few metres of the house. The lender warned that, unless Mr Flynn sought a comprehensive treatment plan (complete with an insurance-backed guarantee), the transaction would not go ahead.


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