When it comes to maintaining a healthy garden, moss can be a real pain in the grass.

Typically found in damp or shady locations, these dense, greeny clumps of matted mess can be a real blemish to an otherwise beautiful lawn.

Think of it as a beer stain on a dark suit – it won’t ruin the whole thing completely but you know it’s there and you could definitely do without it.

Luckily, there are a few ways you can combat your garden’s fuzzy feature. Maintain lawn and order on your property with these handy hints and tips on lawn moss control.

 

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How to get rid of lawn moss

The best time to remove moss from your lawn is during the spring and summer months. This allows your garden to prepare/recover from the summer period, where it will be at its peak in terms of growth.

Moss doesn’t fare well in iron-rich soil… which is great if you have high levels of iron in your soil. For those that don’t – which, if you’re reading this, probably means you – giving your mossy tenant a dose of iron is a great way to ensure it has a rocky stay.

Now before you begin pouring gallons of Guinness all over your lawn, there is an easier way to supplement iron. Besides, that’s a colossal waste of perfectly good Guinness – save that for a celebratory toast to a job well done later on.

Most lawn moss killer products typically contain iron sulphate, so a simple spray of any good moss killing agent should provide more than enough iron to give your green enemy a hard time. Think of it as Iron Man battling the Incredible Hulk… only far less exciting and a lot more one-sided.

 

Easy moss removal techniques

Another great method of moss removal is one that will be easily achievable by any self-respecting homeowner. Everyday washing-up liquid is something that any household should have readily available and can also make for an efficiently excellent moss killer.

It’s recommended that you use around 50ml of washing up liquid with 4.5 litres of water (for smaller patches, reduce measurements accordingly). From there, mix well and spray using a garden sprayer, being mindful not to drown the area. Spray the moss patch until there is visible run-off and let nature take its course.

Additionally, moss isn’t great with lime either, so adding lime to your sprayer may also be helpful in eradicating your unwanted garden guest. This will make the soil less acidic, which is more favourable to grass as well.

Ideally, try to time these methods so that they don’t coincide with an impending spell of rain, as this will likely dilute the formula and reduce the effectiveness of the treatment – putting a literal dampener on your mossy mutiny.

 

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The root of the problem

Dead or dying moss will soon turn bronze in colour before drying up completely. Moss has very shallow roots so, once it turns orangey brown, simply rake over the auburn excess and let the healthy grass take back its patch.

However, while the above methods can be great solutions to your moss problems in the short term, they may not solve your garden gripes in the long run. You could simply repeat the previous steps ad nauseum; however, there’s no guarantee this will stop the moss from returning time after time.

If there’s an underlying issue that is causing moss to grow in the first place, this is something that needs to be addressed in order to prevent it from rearing its ugly head once more.

 

How to prevent lawn moss

You can prevent lawn moss growth in a number of ways, from mowing technique and scarification to sufficient fertilisation and healthy water coverage. However, for peace of mind, why not get in touch with us for some expert advice on moss treatment?

At Taylor Weed Control, we specialise in moss control and know exactly how to identify, treat and rid your lawn of its unwanted eyesores, once and for all. We even use specialist fertilisers unavailable to the general public to ensure your lawn gets a new lease on life – moss-free!

 

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Okay, first things first, just what are perennial weeds?

As the name so accurately suggests, perennial weeds are simply troublesome vegetation that recur regeneratively time and again with a seemingly infinite frequency (i.e. perennial in nature).

These persistent little pests can be a major headache for gardeners and make for an ugly addition to an otherwise perfect flower bed. Without proper treatment, these troublesome weeds can crop up year after year like a botanical bad penny.

If knowledge is power then it’s time to take the power back, as we take a closer look at Britain’s most common perennial weeds.

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Common Perennial Weeds UK

Ranging from the humble dandelion to the common buttercup, perennial weeds can come in a whole host of shapes, sizes and, of course, species.

Naturally, some are a little easier on the eye than others and sadly not all weeds will take the form of the aesthetically pleasant buttercup – which is all the more reason to give your soily squatters a speedy eviction.

Here are the five most common perennial weeds you may see in and around your garden.

 

Bramble

Featuring long thorny stems, brambles can grow up to 2m high. While they can feature clusters of white or pink flowers during the spring/summer, they are most recognisable by their fruit – the blackberry!

Thistle

Thistles are commonly found in two varieties: the spear plume and the creeping thistle. The former is relatively easy to deal with, while the latter is far more troublesome. Characterised by dark pink/purple flowers at the top of the stem, the creeping thistle is both easily spread and hard to unroot.

Bindweed

Boasting eye-catching white flowers, this somewhat pleasant-looking weed can be very misleading. Beneath the service, its roots can burrow very deep and are frustratingly brittle, making them almost impossible to remove whole.

Nettle

Commonly used for tea, soup and even smoothies, nettles can be a helpful weed to have around – particularly if you are adventurous in the kitchen. However, they can also be potentially hazardous due to their stinging hairs and can grow wildly out of hand if left to themselves. The roots can become a tangled mess beneath the surface, while the plant itself can grow to over a metre in height.

Dock

While dock leaves are famed for their soothing qualities in neutralising nettle stings, docks are still deemed weeds themselves. If left to mature, dock seeds are produced in abundance and can spread easily. Worse still, dock seeds can survive in soil for up to half a century!

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Dealing with Perennial Weeds

So, just how do we give these weedy perennials an everlasting burial?

Like most problems in the garden, this is one problem that can be solved by rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty. If you don’t happen to have any sleeves, now's the time to get changed – ‘cos it’s time to roll them up and get in the dirt!

The most effective way to weed out these perennial pains is to go straight to the source and get to the root of the problem… that being the roots. Unfortunately, most perennials weeds have roots that spread deep and wide, so ridding your soil of its outstretched tentacles can be a tough task. Tough but not impossible.

Physically pulling them out is a wise place to start; however, this may not be possible for weeds with brittle or stubborn roots. If yanking doesn’t get the job done, another way to deal with your weedy invader is to give the area a good old-fashioned forking. If available, it’s also a good idea to use a hoe and plough thoroughly.

Outrageous innuendos aside, yanking, forking and hoeing are the holy trinity of removing/destroying most perennial weeds. If the roots aren’t removed entirely, the damage done from the trauma should break up any remains, preventing regeneration. However, it's important to remember that this is a general rule of thumb and each weed may require its own particular approach.

If you still need assistance or aren’t sure how to deal with your particular case of perennial weeds, it may be worth considering chemical warfare in the form of weedkillers; however, if this is the case, it may be easier (and safer) all round to simply call in the experts.

 

For more information on weedkillers, treatments and general weed removal tips, why not drop us a line or enlist our team of experts to remove your problem plants for you?

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Football is a passionate sport: from the fans in the stands to the players on the pitch. If you’re involved in the upkeep of a football pitch, that same passion can show with the way the pitch itself is maintained. After all, a good pitch can make a big difference come kick-off time.

Here are our top five tips for maintaining a football pitch.

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Mow

According to several football pitch experts (including those associated with clubs in the Premier League), the grass on a football pitch should never be allowed to exceed 60mm in length. That means regular mowing and frequent TLC – even in the off-season.

During the playing season, the recommended grass length is between 25 and 30mm long. To achieve this, it’s recommended that your pitch has a minimum of 20 cuts per year, allowing for additional cuts to be made if the weather is good and promotes a faster rate of growth.

 

Fertilise

Fertilising your pitch can be an effective way of ensuring it’s well maintained and continues to grow and recover healthily. An unfertilised pitch can lead to a weak pitch that recovers a slow rate – which is far from ideal during the height of the season.

However, like anything in life, too much of a good thing can quickly become bad news. Excessive use of fertiliser – particularly nitrogen – can lead to a number of problems and cause your turf to damage more easily.

 

Weed

As with any grassy terrain, football pitches can be susceptible to weed growth, which can be both an eye-sore for the fans and an annoyance for the players. This doesn’t just apply to the aesthetics either - a weed-free pitch also provides a better surface for the players to perform.

When it comes to weed prevention, herbicides can be a great way to ensure your pitch stays in peak condition. However, it’s worth noting that the application of agro-chemicals can only be administered on your pitch by a licensed and fully-qualified professional.

 

Maintain and Repair

Staying on top of your pitch throughout the season can be the best way to ensure it stays in tip-top condition until the very last game. That means regular repair work and methodical care from week to week.

From applying top dressing and verti-draining to fixing divots and maintaining pitch markings, regularly tending to your ground’s needs can be the difference between a lush, green playing surface and a boggy pit of sludge.

 

Tough Decisions

While nobody wants to be the bad guy when it comes to sport, sometimes tough decisions need to be made for the greater good. For a groundskeeper, that can mean calling off a match if conditions aren’t ideal.

It won’t be a popular decision to make but a soaking pitch that’s been stampeded for 90 minutes by 22 players will leave behind a seriously tarnished battlefield and one that may not recover by the following week.

 

Another tough decision that may prove to be a good one is to outsource some of your maintenance needs. There’s no shame in knowing when you’re out of your depth and sometimes calling in an outsider to help lighten the load can be a wise call.

After all, a botched job can prove catastrophic for an impending fixture and getting it right first time is vitally important. The football fans (and players) that attend may not be so forgiving if the pitch isn’t fit for purpose!

 

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Ah, Japanese knotweed – the villainous vine of vexation, the botanical ninja of nature, the stealthy samurai of the shrub world!

A thorn in the side of many a property across the UK, this leech of the land has seen numerous properties fall in its wake and countless more fall in value by its mere presence. A devastating addition to any home, this is one problem plant you’re definitely going to want to nip in the bud.

As Sir Francis Bacon once said, “knowledge is power”, so let’s get to work and get acquainted with the knotty pest from the Pacific.

 

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Facts About Japanese Knotweed

In The Art of War, Sun Tzu taught how important it is to “know your enemy”. Sound advice Mr Tzu, sound advice indeed…

Luckily, here at Taylor Weed Control, we’ve got your back on this one with enough factual ammunition to take the fight to your garden plight – and win!

So, prepare to lock and load with these top facts about Japanese knotweed.

 

Humble origins

A non-native plant from the East, Japanese knotweed was actually brought into Britain as an ornamental plant in the early 19th century. This introduction is commonly attributed to German physician, Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold, who was also a traveller and botanist.

While his studies of Japanese flora and fauna brought him national prominence, the invasive species of knotweed he brought with him eventually spread into the wild and has since become part of the British ecosystem, albeit an unwelcome one at that.

Nice one, Siebold…

 

An impressive spread

As the previous fact may suggest, Japanese knotweed has been known to spread at an impressive rate. In fact, it can sprout up as high as three metres tall in as little as six weeks, towering over you for all to see like the invasive inconvenience it is.

Japanese knotweed is also surprisingly strong and can cause structural problems to a property, roads and drains, particularly if there are existing cracks for it to grow through. Worse still, it has alarming regeneration powers and a tiny rhizome can form a new plant if handled incorrectly.

So, even if you think you have seen the last of this annoying weed, it could quite literally come back to haunt you if not effectively treated.

 

The family name

Japanese knotweed is part of a collective of flowering plants known as the smartweed family. Now, while that title may give the impression that this plant is highly intelligent, capable of engulfing mankind with its superior intellect and guile, it’s also worth knowing it’s not the only name given to this botanical tribe.

These same “smartweeds” are also commonly known as the Buckwheat family, characterised by simple design, toothless leaves and swollen joints – which immediately seems infinitely less intimidating and far more like a casting call for a Deliverance remake.

 

A healthy herb?

While most posts about Japanese knotweed will malign the plant as the housing hindrance it is, there are some in the nutritional world that have a wholly different take. Japanese knotweed is actually known to be a source of resveratrol, a plant compound that acts like an antioxidant.

While resveratrol is also present in other accessible foods – including grapes, peanuts and red wine – Japanese knotweed is also deemed an edible source. Not only that, it’s actually considered a delicacy in Japan and can provide several health benefits.

According to LiveStrong.com, resveratrol found in knotweed may help prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes and early signs of ageing. However, it’s also noted that it can have a variety of negative effects as well, including drug interactions, so do your homework if you do decide to tuck into your garden guest.

 

A solvable problem

With all the widespread scaremongering, a Japanese knotweed discovery on your property can understandably strike fear into the hearts of anyone. However, it isn’t the end of the world, so don’t call in the bulldozers just yet. Remember, it’s just a weed – it’s nothing to soil your plants over.

That being said, in order to weed out this horticultural headache from your garden, you’ll need more than a pair of sheers and an appetite for destruction. A topiary trim won’t cut it, so be prepared to dig deep and get your hands dirty.

While it can be a massive inconvenience and prove pricy to get rid of, it is a problem that can more often than not be rectified.

 

Japanese knotweed treatment

Now that you’re well acquainted with Japanese knotweed, you’re probably wondering what’s the best course of action to take if you have an unwelcome visit from the dreaded plant.

If you catch it early, it can be fairly easy to treat; however, the longer you leave it, the more complex (and costly) it can become – so don’t delay if you spot the knot! Like any ailment, your best bet is to contact an expert for detection, diagnosis and treatment advice.

Luckily, Taylor Weed Control is one of the leading Japanese knotweed specialists in the UK, with over 15 years’ experience fighting this familiar foe. At Taylor Weed Control, we provide honest and transparent advice, “Taylor-made” to help rid you of this pesky plant for good.

 

If you suspect you have Japanese knotweed on or around your property, contact us today and request a free survey!

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Can you spot a lisianthus from a gardenia or tell a rose from a Persian buttercup? If you answered “no” to either of those questions, don’t worry – you’re not alone!

The world of gardening and the great outdoors can be a tad overwhelming for anyone who doesn’t have green fingers or the encyclopaedic knowledge of Alan Titchmarsh.

As such, knowing how to identify Japanese knotweed can be a tough task for an average Joe; however, that’s not to say it’s impossible…

 

Identifying Japanese Knotweed

Depending on the time of year, Japanese knotweed can sport many different looks. Nevertheless, regardless of its seasonal stylings, no floral fashion statement will change the fact that this Oriental irritant is still a botanical pain in the butt – especially when its within striking distance of your property.

So, how do we spot Japanese knotweed and stop it from worming its way into your home? Let’s find out.

 

Japanese Knotweed in Spring

During the spring, Japanese knotweed begins to make its presence known. Typically starting in mid-March, red and purple shoots will begin to appear and quickly bear rapidly growing leaves.

 

Japanese Knotweed in Summer

In the height of the summer, Japanese knotweed is in full swing. Bright and full, it appears green and leafy above ground, boasting creamy-white flowery clusters and purple-speckled stems.

 

Japanese Knotweed in Autumn

As the lush green of the summer turns to autumnal auburn, Japanese knotweed follows suit. Its leaves will turn a yellowy gold, while the stem will fade to a darker brown.

 

Japanese Knotweed in Winter

As temperatures drop, the wintertime design of Japanese knotweed becomes far less colourful. Brown and bare, the weed retreats back to its rooty rhizomes, leaving behind its woody stalks.

 

Plants that look like Japanese knotweed

To add further confusion to the situation, there are a number of other plants that strongly resemble Japanese knotweed. Featuring striking similarities, the list of leafy doubles is frustratingly long and can range from Russian Vine and Himalayan Honeysuckle to bamboo and lilac shrubs.

For more information on Japanese knotweed lookalikes, check out our “Plants That Look Like Japanese Knotweed” blog.

 

Professional Japanese Knotweed Identification

If you suspect you may have an infestation of Japanese knotweed on your property (or in a neighbouring property close by), perhaps the best course of action for peace of mind is to have a professional check it out for you.

At Taylor Weed Control, our team of experts are fully qualified to instantly recognise and treat any Japanese knotweed found on your property. With over 15 years of experience, we can nip it in the bud – LITERALLY – and keep your home safe, structurally sound and knotweed-free.

So, what are you waiting for? Give Taylor Weed Control a call today on 02920397554 or enquire online for a free survey and let us tie up your knotweed woes in a nice, neat bow.

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If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re familiar with the horticultural horrors of Japanese knotweed. If this wicked weed wraps its weedy tentacles into your home’s foundation, the results can be devastating for your house and, worse still, catastrophic for your finances.

However, not all suspected cases of Japanese knotweed are actually the real deal. In fact, the villainous vine has many doppelgangers and most instances of suspected knotweed are merely a cases of mistaken identity.

So, before you take a flamethrower to your back garden and bulldoze your house completely, it’s important to know that you are indeed dealing with the legit Nipponese knot and not a floral facsimile.

 

Plants Commonly Mistaken for Japanese Knotweed

Annoyingly, there are a wide variety of plants that look like Japanese knotweed. As such, identifying Japanese knotweed can be a tough task and a lot more difficult than you may think.

Plants commonly mistaken for Japanese knotweed include:

 

Bindweed

Baring heart-shaped leaves like its Japanese twin, this also has a rapid growth spurt when it first appears in the springtime.

However, unlike Japanese knotweed, Bindweed isn’t capable of supporting itself and, instead, makes its vertical ascent by coiling itself around the stems of other standing plants.

It also boasts large flowers in the summertime, clearly differentiating itself from traditional Japanese knotweed.

 

Russian Vine

Much like Japanese knotweed, Russian Vine has similar looking leaves and flowers, while it is also fast-growing.

On the other hand, it is also similar to Bindweed in that it relies on other plants to grow upward, twisting and climbing around the stems of taller, more solid vegetation.

 

Bamboo

The most widely known of its contemporaries, bamboo grows tall like knotweed and also has visible nodes on its stem, making the two very similar in appearance.

That being said, bamboo stems are considerably more dense than its Asian brethren and boast a strong sturdiness lacking in Japanese knotweed. Bamboo leaves are also notably narrower and longer.

 

Broadleaf Dock

Part of the same family, Broadleaf Dock shares numerous characteristics with Japanese knotweed, from its arrangement of leaves to the spiky shape of its flowers and stems.

However, this plant is typically shorter than Japanese knotweed and contains a foamy substance in its stem, clearly visible when cracked open.

 

Other plants that resemble Japanese knotweed include:

  • Ground Elder
  • Himalayan Balsam
  • Himalayan Knotweed
  • Himalayan Honeysuckle
  • Lilac/Woody Shrubs

 

How to identify Japanese knotweed

So, having met its countless counterfeit counterparts, how do we know when knotweed is not the weed we know?

The answer to that riddle is “with great difficulty”. The real plant itself has a varying appearance depending on the time of year and can be extremely difficult to detect and delineate, particularly during the winter months.

When it comes to identifying Japanese knotweed, many homeowners will head straight to the internet for inspiration. The web can be a great tool to help you spot Japanese knotweed; however, it’s important to remember that this method is far from fool-proof.

As we’ve seen, looks can be deceiving and your worst garden nightmare could actually be nothing to worry about at all. Think of it as the gardening version of self-diagnosing an illness online; while the web can be a great resource, it’s no substitute for a knowledgeable professional.

If you suspect your home is under attack from the pesky plant of the Pacific, your best option is to call in the experts. With over 15 years of experience, Taylor Weed Control is a leading specialist in Japanese knotweed; not only can we accurately separate Japanese knotweed from its lookalikes, we can also treat and remove your unwelcome garden guest accordingly.

 

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From calculators and karaoke to sushi and sumo wrestling, Japan has given many gifts to the outside world. Sadly, Japanese knotweed is not one of them…

Japanese knotweed grows thick and fast with roots strong enough to break through tarmac. If neglected, it can cause havoc beneath the surface of your property.

Worse still, typical home insurance policies won’t cover damage caused by Japanese knotweed. While this does mean your insurance premiums may be unaffected, it does mean you are left to foot the removal bill.

Do I need Japanese knotweed insurance?

While it is also known as Fallopia japonica, don’t let its sweet-sounding alias fool you – this hellish herb can have a devastating effect on your property. In fact, it can leave your house reeling and rock your home’s foundation like an impromptu visit from Godzilla.

Japanese knotweed can cause structural damage to your property, ravage drainage systems and can even result in subsidence issues. If you believe your home is at risk from this savage shrub at its ruinous roots, it may be worth investing in Japanese knotweed insurance.

A good policy should see you covered for a full site survey, treatment and removal of Japanese knotweed and reparation costs in the event of damage, as well as legal expenses for any costs incurred as a result of a third-party claim.

Where can I get Japanese knotweed insurance?

While it can be hard to come by, there are a number of insurers who do cover Japanese knotweed (typically in the form of Japanese knotweed indemnity insurance). That being said, in this situation, the best form of defence is attack and arranging for Japanese knotweed treatment can be the best solution all round.

Taylor Weed Control is the leading Japanese knotweed removal specialist in Wales. With over 15 years of experience, our team of qualified surveyors and experienced technicians can rid your property of this unwelcome guest and leave your home healthy and flora free.

So, don’t let this evil export from “The Land of the Rising Sun” put a dark cloud over your property. Call Taylor Weed Control today on 029 2039 7554  or fill out our online enquiry form below and say “sayonara” to your knotweed for good. 

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There’s a reason why the words “Japanese knotweed” often strikes fear in the hearts of homeowners and potential property buyers nationwide. Japanese knotweed can have a substantial impact on house value, leaving your finances in a bind of their own.

In extreme cases, an invasion of the Asian vegetation can slash a property’s price tag by as much as half, while a decrease in value by tens of thousands is far from unusual. Simply put, Japanese knotweed can be a monumental pain in the grass, leaving both your home and your finances in a precarious position.

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What does Japanese knotweed do to a house?

Okay, first things first, you’re probably wondering “What damage can Japanese knotweed do to my home? After all, it’s just a plant, right… RIGHT?!”

Wrong. In fact, this botanical beast from the east can rock your house to the core. The visible plant can grow up to over two metres in height, while its roots can grow as much as three metres deep and stretch out up to seven metres wide from the surface growth.

The roots themselves are bamboo-like and can spread thick and fast. If left untreated, they can quickly block drains, weaken walls and even damage the foundations of your property, with the potential to seriously affect the value of your property.

 

Japanese knotweed and mortgages

Due to the structural dangers associated with the hellish herb, it can be difficult for would-be homeowners to find a mortgage for properties with Japanese knotweed. That being said, it isn’t impossible…

Most lenders will require a professional surveyor to assess the property, in order to evaluate the risk and/or damage. If the knotweed is causing severe problems or poses a substantial risk, it can have a direct effect on your mortgage application.

While all lenders will have their own individual checks and preferences, there are a few factors that typically come into play.

Japanese knotweed on neighbour’s property

If your neighbours have Japanese knotweed in their garden, mortgage lenders will then need to determine if your home is at risk of it spreading.

If the knotweed is more than seven metres away from the property boundary, this is typically deemed low-risk; however, if the weed is discovered within seven metres of the property boundary, this can be viewed as a concern for some lenders.

Japanese knotweed on your property

Similarly, even if the knotweed is present on your own land, the distance of it from the habitable part of your property can also be a big factor.

For example, if Japanese knotweed is discovered in your garden but it’s more than seven metres away from your house, you may still be granted a mortgage (although a specialist survey is likely before approval).

If the knotweed is discovered within seven metres of the living space, it likely poses a substantial risk and could well have already damaged the property, surrounding drains or its outbuildings. Repair work will likely be needed before approval.

 

If your property is at risk from Japanese knotweed, don’t let it tie your finances up in knots. Call Taylor Weed Control today on 029 2039 7554 or fill out our online enquiry form below and nip it in the bud now – it could save you a bundle! 

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