best time to treat japanese knotweed

While there's never a good time to find Japanese knotweed on your property, there is an optimum time to treat it if you want to make sure it stays out of your garden all year round. As with all weed removals, timing is key if you want your removal processes to have maximum effect. Treating weeds like Japanese knotweed at the wrong time of year will make the removal process harder and will also put you at risk of spreading the infestation further around your garden. 

So, when is the best time to treat Japanese knotweed?

Although some people might argue that the best time to treat Japanese knotweed is in the spring/summer when it's growing most rapidly, we've found that the best time to treat Japanese knotweed with herbicides is in autumn. Here's why!

During autumn, the Japanese knotweed stops putting energy into growth and instead uses its energy to move sugars and nutrients down towards its underground rhizome structure. This is an important part of the plant's lifecycle because it ensures the plant will survive during the harsh winter months. 

We take advantage of this shift in energy and spray the Japanese knotweed with our specialist herbicides so that they will travel down with the natural flow of nutrients and penetrate deep underground to effectively treat the parts of the plant that you can't see!

Can I treat Japanese knotweed in spring/summer?

If you notice a developing Japanese knotweed problem, we'd always recommend getting a survey right away so that you can determine the right time and type of treatment for your specific case. Generally, we don't treat Japanese knotweed as much during the spring/summer months because the herbicides can be less effective. During this time, the Japanese knotweed is putting all of its available energy into pushing nutrients up to the leaves and flowers, so herbicide applications can kill off the top section of the weeds without really addressing the rhizomes underground. 

If you do need to treat Japanese knotweed during the warmer months, we'd probably recommend choosing a more aggressive form of treatment like excavation. This is much more likely to remove the Japanese knotweed above and below ground. 

What are my Japanese knotweed treatment options?

When it comes to treating Japanese knotweed, there are quite a few different options to choose from. Here at Taylor Total Weed Control, we offer a free no-obligation survey and a range of treatment plans to help you get your Japanese knotweed problem under control quickly. 

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We hope that this shed some light on the best time to treat Japanese knotweed. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team - 029 2039 7554.

new build property

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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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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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. 

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Japanese knotweed cropping up anywhere, especially near your home, can be a real cause for concern. If you spot Japanese knotweed on council land near your home, you need to make sure you report it as soon as possible.

We're sure you already know how quickly Japanese knotweed can spread, and it could show up on your land in only a few weeks if it's left unchecked! Ok, let's not panic too much. Here are the steps you should take to report Japanese knotweed on council land.

Head to your local council's website

The first thing you should do is check out your local council's website. Some council websites have a section dedicated to Japanese knotweed, and you should be able to report the problem there. Failing that, you should be able to find their contact details so you can tell them about the Japanese knotweed over the phone or via email.

What if the knotweed has spread to my property?

If you notice that the knotweed has spread from council land to your property, you should be able to put in a claim back the money you spend on having it removed. Make sure you take lots of photos, as you may need to submit a request for the local council to treat the problem. They can also help back up your story if you have to take the council to court.

Here at Taylor Weed Control, we offer a professional Japanese knotweed removal service that can help you get the problem under control before it gets any worse. Waiting for the council to organise appropriate treatment can take weeks or months, in which time, the Japanese knotweed may have caused significant structural damage or spread to surrounding properties.

Planning to take legal action against the council? We can help with that too. Our expert witness service ensures you have proper documentation of the problem and aid you through the court case. We carry out a confidential survey of the Japanese knotweed, prepare the necessary reports for your solicitors and can provide you with a cost estimate for treatment if required.

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What Japanese knotweed laws do the council have to abide to?

Any organisation, whether it's a local council or a housing association, are subject to the same Japanese knotweed laws. These laws state that allowing knotweed to spread from your land to someone else is illegal and can be prosecuted as a private nuisance.

If you've spotted Japanese knotweed on council land, get in touch with the council, then get in touch with us! We can help you get the problem under control quickly. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email sales@taylortwc.co.uk.

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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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. 

Can I Burn Japanese Knotweed

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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.

Can Japanese Knotweed Cause Subsidence

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