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Japanese knotweed is one of the most infamous invasive species in the UK, known for its rapid spreading and difficulty to remove.

If you’ve found yourself with Japanese Knotweed on your property, you may be researching the range of different knotweed removal services available to you; perhaps you’re even interested in finding out if it’s possible for you to remove the knotweed yourself. So, can Japanese knotweed be removed by anyone?

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can i be sued over Japanese knotweed

If you have a Japanese knotweed infestation on your property, you should be extremely careful. If the infestation spreads from your land onto neighbouring land, you can be sued. 

A quick internet search will reveal a number of legal cases where people have claimed thousands of pounds after finding Japanese knotweed that had encroached on their land. To avoid a court case, you should treat Japanese knotweed on your property before it has a chance to encroach onto neighbouring land - otherwise, you'll be left to face the consequences.

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Japanese knotweed is a bothersome invasive species and, although not poisonous, it can still do plenty of damage to buildings and the natural habitats it overtakes.

More and more people are being made aware of its presence and its dangers, and how it can affect your property. As such, we’ve now reached a point where almost half of potential buyers wouldn’t buy a house with Japanese knotweed.

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Japanese knotweed is a potentially damaging invasive species that can affect your property in a number of ways. Despite it not being a native species, it’s a relatively well known plant in the UK, for all the wrong reasons.

Japanese knotweed is infamous for its rapid growing speeds, with the ability to grow over 10cm a day in the summer months. This is just one reason that highlights why, when it comes to Japanese knotweed, it’s essential to act as soon as possible.

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Japanese knotweed shoots

Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a herbaceous perennial. What this means is that, at the end of every autumn, the plant dies down and its roots lie dormant throughout the winter. It regrows its shoots in spring and reaches peak growth in the summer months, when it can grow by as much as 10 centimetres per day!

This cycle means that knotweed looks completely different at different times of year, sometimes making it tricky to identify. It's March at time of writing, which means we're approaching that time of year when we can expect Japanese knotweed shoots to start popping up.

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