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Removing Japanese knotweed is not a task that should be undertaken lightly. Japanese knotweed is a fierce and unrelenting invasive species that can re-emerge from tiny particles left in the soil. For that reason, it's important that you only employ trained Japanese knotweed technicians to treat your infestation. Working with the right people, who will do a good job of killing and removing Japanese knotweed will save you time, money and heartache.

Who is responsible for treating Japanese knotweed?

The primary legislation for Japanese knotweed is 'section 14(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981’. This states that the person who owns the land with the Japanese knotweed infestation is responsible for preventing the spread onto neighbouring lands. It's not actually a legal obligation for you to remove the offending knotweed, however, left untreated, it will no doubt cause problems for you and neighbours later down the line. The best course of action is to have Japanese knotweed treated and removed professionally as soon as you identify it!

What's involved when treating Japanese knotweed?

Japanese knotweed can be treated in a few different ways. Most often, it's sprayed with a mixture of specialist chemicals which kills the plant above ground and the roots below ground. Then, the soil is excavated to remove any trace of knotweed.

Guidelines set out by the government suggest that anyone wanting to use specialist chemicals to treat Japanese knotweed must do the following:

  • Make sure anyone spraying holds a certificate of competence for herbicide use or works under the direct supervision of a certificate holder.
  • Carry out a Control of Substances Hazardous to Health assessment.
  • Get permission from Natural England if the area is protected.
  • Get permission from the Environment Agency if the plants are near water.

Choose companies with accreditations

If you're not sure who can remove Japanese knotweed and who can't, we'd recommend getting in touch with a professional Japanese knotweed removal company (like ourselves). Companies that specialise in Japanese knotweed removal are likely to have a number of accreditations that show they are competent in handling & removing this invasive species. 

Here at Taylor Total Weed Control, we have a number of Japanese knotweed accreditations including:

  • PCA certification - which shows we follow strict standards and offer a high level of technical knowledge and skills.
  • Environmental Agency - we work alongside the environmental agency to ensure that all of our 'land waste' is disposed of properly.

Take a look at our full list of accreditations here.

Professional knotweed removal service

Looking for professional Japanese knotweed removal? Look no further. We have a team of technicians who can all remove Japanese knotweed efficiently. We've been dealing with Japanese knotweed across South Wales and South West England for several years, so we're sure we can tackle your infestation. Don't waste your time with cowboy knotweed removers, stick to people who can remove Japanese knotweed properly.

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If you have any questions about our Japanese knotweed services, or if you'd like to book a consultation, give us a call on 029 2039 7554. We look forward to hearing from you!

Read More: Do You Need a Licence to Remove Japanese Knotweed?

Japanese knotweed can cause a lot of problems on your property so it's important you can identify it all year round! Now that we're moving into spring, you'll probably notice a lot of different plants emerging in your garden, so it's important to keep your eye out for Japanese knotweed. Left untreated, Japanese knotweed can damage your property and can even prevent you from selling your home. 

what does japanese knotweed look like in spring

Image source: Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (Flickr)

Knowing what Japanese knotweed looks like in the spring can help you save money on treatment, repairs, and lawsuits! That's right, people have been known to sue their neighbors if Japanese knotweed has been allowed to invade their property, so spotting and treating it early is a must!

Read More: What to do if your neighbour has knotweed

Japanese knotweed appears in spring

Most people see Japanese knotweed appear in the garden for the first time during spring. Like all plants, Japanese knotweed grows new shoots that grow up through the soil when the weather starts to get warmer. 

Japanese knotweed in spring

Initially, Japanese knotweed spears will appear. They're red/purple in colour and look very similar to asparagus, with a woody stem and a pointed tip. During spring, the leaves of the Japanese knotweed plant are curled up (they're still very young at this point). 

By the end of spring, these small canes can be up to 3 metres high! Japanese knotweed grows quickly, which is another reason why you should keep your eye out for it during spring. 

Japanese knotweed in summer

If by chance, you don't notice the Japanese knotweed in your garden in summer, you might have a chance to spot it in summer before it spreads too far!

During summer, Japanese knotweed has a lot more foliage, it appears green and leafy with only a few speckles of red/purple left on the stem.

When Japanese knotweed eventually flowers, it has small creamy white flowers, which ironically, are quite pretty. Unfortunately, these little white flowers are a sign of an underlying problem that needs to be dealt with quickly. 

Head to our Japanese knotweed Identification page for more information!

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Remember to check the plants in your garden regularly during spring and summer. If you spot anything that looks like Japanese knotweed, you should get it checked by Japanese knotweed specialists immediately. Contact us for a Japanese knotweed survey now!

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Here at Taylor Total Weed Control, we offer two different types of surveys depending on the level of information that you need. A basic survey will help you identify whether you have Japanese knotweed or not, while our in-depth survey will give you a wealth of information about the problem.

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Basic Japanese Knotweed Survey

This Japanese knotweed survey is supplied to you free of charge*. It will tell you whether or not there is Japanese knotweed on the site and it will tell you the different prices for our treatment options.

*This survey is free of charge unless there are high travel costs to get to the site.

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Japanese knotweed

First introduced to the UK in the 19th century, Japanese knotweed has become a widespread issue for many people across the country. Brought here from Asia as an ornamental plant and cattle fodder, knotweed was reported as a garden escape in the late 19th century which eventually naturalised populations in the early 20th century. Fast forward to the present day and knotweed can be found all over the UK, causing tremendous amounts of structural and environmental damage across many cities and towns.

So, where does Japanese knotweed grow and where are the areas that you're most likely to find it? Read on to find out!

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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.

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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.

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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 removal services start at £750 (plus VAT). This cost covers the treatment and removal of your knotweed problem as well as the reports and documents that are required by lenders.

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 program

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.

Our 3-year treatment program and 2-year guarantee starts at just £800 +VAT. 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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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.

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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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