Warmer temperatures are here again, and while it's nice to be able to go outside and enjoy the sunshine for a change, the pleasant weather unfortunately also means that we can expect a boom in Japanese knotweed growth any day now.
The Property Care Association (PCA) are already warning that Japanese knotweed is ready to "take off", so it's important to be vigilant and keep your eyes peeled for the tell-tale signs of a knotweed infestation.
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Unfortunately, there are people out there seeking to take advantage of the problems that Japanese knotweed can cause. We have heard numerous reports of companies knocking on doors and encouraging people to sue their neighbours for allowing knotweed to encroach on their property.
If you find yourself talking to one of these companies, we strongly advise against dealing with them - they often vastly exaggerate the cost of the treatments required to get Japanese knotweed under control. These people are usually just ambulance chasers, eager to get a share of your compensation.
What to do if your neighbour's Japanese knotweed spreads onto your property
It is perfectly legal to allow Japanese knotweed to grow on your own property, but if it spreads onto neighbouring land that's owned by somebody else, that person may be entitled to sue you for causing a nuisance and potentially reducing the value of their property.
If you've noticed a knotweed-like plant in your neighbour's garden - and it's getting uncomfortably close to the boundary between their property and yours - then you should start by making your neighbour aware of the problem. An invasive weed specialist will be able to identify whether or not the plant in question really is Japanese knotweed; if so, a suitable treatment programme can be put in place to nip the problem in the bud.
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Contact Taylor Total Weed Control today to arrange a free, no-obligation Japanese knotweed survey. Our PCA-registered specialists have been dealing with this invasive plant for many years, and we offer a range of different treatment plans to suit your requirements.