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. 

Burning

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

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.

 

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 us - sales@taylortwc.co.uk.

 

do weeds kill grass

Whether you're new to gardening or a green-fingered garden enthusiast, you'll understand how infuriating it can be to try and prevent weeds from popping up on your lawn. Dandelions, daisies and thistles galore, every spring we're faced with a new bout of weeds that just don't want to budge. But are these weeds bad for your grass?

The short answer is yes, they are. In fact, they can compete with your grass on such an extreme level during the warmer months that you'll be left with sparse, brown patches all over the grass before winter. Weeds are well known for spreading their seeds and quickly taking over large areas of your lawn, so they must be stopped!

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climate change

Nowadays, everything we do begs the question - what impact will this have on climate change? Whether it's choosing a toothbrush or fueling your car - if it's bad for the environment, we're told to avoid it at all costs.

Today, we take a closer look at Japanese knotweed to find out what impact it is having on the climate, and whether there's anything that can be done to minimise its effects.

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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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A housing association has come under fire after it allowed a Japanese knotweed plant to encroach on a neighbouring garden. Here's the full story...

The owner of a home in Peckham contacted his lawyer after spotting some Japanese knotweed emerging on his property. He had owned the terraced house for over 32 years and identified the invasive weed making its way into his garden.

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 Goat with grass in its mouth

As many British homeowners are sadly aware, Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant species that's strong enough to grow through concrete and cause significant damage to buildings and roads.

For this reason, the presence of Japanese knotweed can reduce a property's value by as much as 20% - it's notoriously difficult to sell a house with Japanese knotweed, and getting rid of it often takes multiple applications of herbicide over a number of months.

Wouldn't it be nice if there were a species of animal willing to eat our Japanese knotweed problems away?

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china

Today we take a look at a type of knotweed found not too far from its troublesome cousin Japanese knotweed - Chinese knotweed (Reynoutria multiflora). 

This plant is a flowering species that actually belongs to the buckwheat family! Found predominantly in (you guessed it) mainland China, it looks deceptively like Japanese knotweed in more ways than one. It features:

  • Tall woody stems that could be mistaken for bamboo
  • Broad arrowhead leaves
  • Greenish-white flowers that grow on dense panicles

Sounds a lot like Japanese knotweed right? Well, one thing that this plant produces that we don't see in Japanese knotweed is a fruit. The fruits of the Chinese knotweed plant are small, dry one-seeded fruits that do not open, also known as achenes.

In one of our blogs, we explored the benefits of Japanese knotweed, and it turns out Chinese knotweed has lots of medicinal uses too! In fact, reynoutria multiflora is a very popular perennial used in traditional Chinese medicines. 

The Chinese refer to the plant as he shou wu or fo-ti, and unlike Japanese knotweed in this country which is seen as an unwanted, invasive species, they cultivate it for ornamental purposes and for use in medicines. This type of knotweed grows in abundance, and here's why..

dried chinese knotweed

Medicinal Uses

This wonderful weed is said to restore virility and vitality in those who consume it, working on the reproductive, circulatory and urinary systems as well as the liver. 

The roots and stems boast a wide range of properties that make this weed a one-stop medicine shop! When ingested, they can work as a sedative, a laxative an anti cholesterolemic or as a treatment for menstrual or menopausal problems (to name but a few of its many uses). 

It's even been reported that people who take the rhizomes for a long period of time experiencing a darkening in their hair!

Besides the wide range of internal uses, Chinese knotweed can also be applied externally to treat conditions like ringworm, and its antibacterial properties mean it can even be used to clean open wounds and sores. You can read more about the medicinal uses of Chinese knotweed here.

So it's fair to say that Chinese knotweed is somewhat more respected and cherished in the community that its Japanese cousin! With that in mind, if you do happen to see Japanese knotweed encroaching on your property, request a free survey and we'll help you get it under control.

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