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The thought of buying your first home is exciting, we know, but we want to warn you of the potential for Japanese knotweed on new build plots. It has recently come to light that property developers have been taking advantage of a loophole in the Japanese knotweed regulations, which means knotweed has been cropping up on new build housing plots up and down the country. Let us explain...

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why can't you cut Japanese knotweed?

Over the past few weeks, we've been looking at lots of different ways to get rid of Japanese knotweed. So far, we've debunked the myth that covering knotweed is an effective way to remove it and we've even explored the effects of adding lime to your soil! Sadly, neither of these methods has been proven to be effective, Japanese knotweed is just too good at surviving! 

When it comes to effective methods of Japanese knotweed removal, excavation, specialist herbicide treatments and burning have all been quite effective. These aggressive methods of treatment are capable of stopping the knotweed in its tracks! So surely cutting it down has to be effective too, right? Today we're answering the question - why can't you cut Japanese knotweed?

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can you kill japanese knotweed with lime?

People are always on the lookout for inventive ways to deal with Japanese knotweed. In a previous blog, we looked at whether salt could dehydrate and eventually kill it off, but sadly, the answer was no. Professional herbicides were required to deal with this hardy invasive species! But can any other naturally occurring materials kill Japanese knotweed?

Today we're looking at a different substance to see whether or not it can do a better job. As you can see from the title, today we're looking at the weed-killing properties of lime. No, not the kind that's often sliced and served in a mojito, the kind that's found in the earth's crust as limestone, chalk and marble.

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Japanese knotweed distance from house

When it comes to Japanese knotweed, is there a distance away from your house that means it's okay? Are there circumstances where you should leave it alone? Let's find out!

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covering Japanese knotweed

Not all weeds are created equally, some need extra special attention. Unfortunately, Japanese knotweed is one of those 'special attention' weeds and if you find it on your property then it's vital that you deal with the problem quickly. There are lots of different approaches to eradicating Japanese knotweed, some are more drastic than others! Burning and backyard excavation can be quite intimidating to people, especially if the knotweed is located close to their homes or businesses, so people often seek alternatives.

One method of treating Japanese knotweed that doesn't require any digging or burning is covering it to choke it out. By depriving any living shoots of water and sunlight, they should die... right?

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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.

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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.

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Japanese knotweed

SHORT ANSWER: To kill Japanese knotweed, we recommend a three-year herbicide programme, followed by a two-year monitoring period to make sure it doesn't come back. However, we also offer excavation and removal if you need quick results.

Like old habits and Bruce Willis, Japanese knotweed dies hard. This invasive plant species is tough and versatile - it can grow in all sorts of different environments, and it's very difficult to destroy. Just when you think you've gotten rid of it once and for all, spring arrives, and those purple shoots emerge from the ground yet again.

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Advice for anyone who's buying or selling a house, flat or commercial property that has Japanese knotweed within the property boundaries (or nearby)

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If you find out that you have Japanese knotweed on or near your property, don't panic - it's not the end of the world!

Many people don't even know they have Japanese knotweed in their garden until they put the property on the market and the invasive weed is noticed by either the estate agent or building society surveyor.

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Japanese knotweed has been plaguing homeowners since the 19th century and it doesn't look like it'll be slowing down anytime soon. Landowners who leave Japanese knotweed untreated are usually the root cause of the problem. One minute the Japanese knotweed is contained to their land, and the next it crops up in all the gardens in the street! 

If you find Japanese knotweed on your property (and you know you didn't put it there), then the first thing that you'll want to get to the bottom of is where it came from and who's responsible for it. Japanese knotweed can cause structural damage, reduce the value of your home and is expensive to remove so there's no doubt that you'll want to make a compensation claim as soon as possible. 

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