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Japanese knotweed distance from house

When it comes to Japanese knotweed, is there a distance away from your house that means it's okay? Are there circumstances where you should leave it alone? Let's find out!

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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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If you have Japanese knotweed on your land, you're not obliged to destroy it, but it is your responsibility to ensure that this invasive weed doesn't spread to anybody else's property. Should the plant spread on your watch, you may find yourself liable from a legal standpoint.

So what happens when there's Japanese knotweed on land adjoining yours? Should you just sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge that you'll be entitled to compensation if the owner of the neighbouring plot allows their knotweed to encroach on your property?

Well, that's not what we recommend. Far better to take action now and make sure you're covered if the knotweed next door becomes your problem as well.

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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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Have you spotted Japanese knotweed on your property and are worried you may be breaking the law by doing so? Well, don't worry, because it IS NOT a criminal offence to have Japanese knotweed on your property.

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During the autumn months, the majority of weeds and plants begin to die out and wilt with Japanese knotweed being no different. If you believe you have an infestation of knotweed on or near your property but are unsure and need confirmation, read on to find out what Japanese knotweed looks like in the autumn.

Japanese knotweed in autumn

Photo by Kenneth Allen

Identifying Japanese knotweed in the autumn 

When trying to identify Japanese knotweed during the autumn, the signs that you should be looking out for are: 

  • A very dense cluster of bamboo stems with a lot of foliage 
  • Plants that are approximately 2-3 meters high 
  • Leaves that are starting to turn yellow and are wilting 
  • Hollow bamboo-like stems that are beginning to turn from a reddish-brown into a darker shade of brown 
  • Leaves will contain a distinctive zigzag pattern on the stems 
  • The leaves will also have a distinctive heart-shape with a pointed tip and straightened edge
  • During late autumn the canes will begin to die off and the plant becomes dormant

During the autumn months, Japanese knotweed will look similar to that in late summer, so shouldn't be too hard to identify. During these months, however, Japanese knotweed begins to flower where nearly all of the plant's resources are transferred to its rhizomes, causing it to grow significantly. This presents the optimal time to treat and reduce further rhizome growth.

 

Japanese knotweed treatment in autumn 

If you're interested in how we work to treat Japanese knotweed during the autumn, take a look at our handy infographic below!

Do you require more information on Japanese knotweed during the autumn? Please feel free to get in touch with the Taylor Total Weed Control team today by filling out the form below - we'd be more than happy to help you out!

Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed cropping up anywhere, especially near your home, can be a real cause for concern. If you spot Japanese knotweed on council or housing association 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 or housing association 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 or housing association 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 are councils and housing associations required to follow?

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 contact Taylor Total Weed Control.

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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Advice for anyone who's buying or selling a house, flat or commercial property that has Japanese knotweed within the property boundaries (or nearby)

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If you find out that you have Japanese knotweed on or near your property, don't panic - it's not the end of the world!

Many people don't even know they have Japanese knotweed in their garden until they put the property on the market and the invasive weed is noticed by either the estate agent or building society surveyor.

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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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