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When Japanese knotweed is found on or near properties, it can pose an array of potentially expensive problems for a number of different parties. Firstly, homeowners who spot knotweed near their property may begin to worry about its far-reaching and invasive rhizomes growing through buildings and foundations causing structural damage.

Secondly, estate agents worry as Japanese knotweed near properties may pose a risk to potential sales. And lastly, property developers fear unbudgeted costs due to Japanese knotweed treatment and site delays if the plant is not dealt with properly from the very start.

With all of these potential problems, it comes to no surprise that many people take to dealing with Japanese knotweed themselves. However, as knotweed becomes more problematic due to its ability to spread easily if managed incorrectly, much legislation on the management and removal of knotweed now exists. One of the most commonly asked questions surrounding knotweed and its removal is "can Japanese knotweed be burnt?"

To make things easy to understand, the experts here at Taylor Total Weed Control are here to tell you.

Can I Burn Japanese Knotweed

Burning Japanese Knotweed

In answer to the question "can I burn Japanese knotweed?", yes you can, but only when the plant is absent of moisture. Here, you need to ensure that the strands of the plant are fully dried out. Once this has happened, the knotweed can be properly burnt. When burning knotweed, it is important to make sure the whole plant is burnt and disposed of properly, otherwise you run the risk of inadvertently spreading the infestation.

One of the most effective ways to burn Japanese knotweed is through the use of a micro incinerator. This mobile burner works hard against the knotweed plant causing minimal damage against the surrounding environment, producing low levels of noise, dust, emissions and vibration.

Note: Before burning any knotweed infestation, it is vitally important to get in touch with your local council or authority to ensure you are in a safe and legal place to do so and to ensure you're not required to obtain a specific permit to do so.


Will Burning Fully Eradicate Knotweed?

Unfortunately, even if all conditions are met (i.e. the plant's strands are completely dried out), there still runs a risk that the knotweed rhizomes below ground survive. Knotweed rhizomes are able to lie dormant for many years, so you might not even know that your attempt to remove the knotweed was unsuccessful until much later down the line. 

For that reason, here at Taylor Total Weed Control we'd strongly recommend against trying to use fire to treat your Japanese knotweed infestation. Rather, it's always best to opt for professional knotweed removal services. 


Professional Knotweed Removal

Here at Taylor Total Weed Control, we offer professional knotweed removal services that guarantee any Japanese knotweed found on your site is properly and efficiently dealt with, ensuring all risks of re-growing are effectively removed.

Contact Taylor Total Weed Control to find out more about our Japanese knotweed removal services. We will match any written quotation from a PCA-registered company.

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