Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant that can cause some serious damage to your garden and property if it goes undetected!to make sure that you don't have a Japanese knotweed problem, you should check your garden regularly. Japanese knotweed starts to make its presence known during the spring months, so this is a particularly important time for you to survey your garden.
We have a whole page that will help you Identify Japanese Knotweed in your garden, but if you suspect you have Japanese knotweed, here are a few things to look out for!
Spotting Knotweed in the Garden
When knotweed emerges in the spring, it looks like reddish-purple shoots (the thickness of asparagus). Often, as the stems develop they begin to take on a more dense, hollow appearance like bamboo. As you look along the length of the zig-zag stem you will see the iconic love-heart shaped leaves. During the warmer periods you might even see some pretty little white flowers, but don't be fooled! they're not a pretty garden feature to be enjoyed! You can see close up images of all these knotweed features over on our identification page.
There are a handful of plants that are often mistaken for Japanese knotweed, so this is worth bearing in mind too as you determine whether or not you have Japanese knotweed.
- Russian Vine
- Broadleaf Dock
are all knotweed impersonators, so keep your eyes peeled for these as you survey your garden.
Spotting Knotweed Damage
Knotweed is a quick-growing plant and can grow up to 10cm in a single day! It's capable of causing damage to buildings and structures as it targets weak points and forces its way into foundations and up drainpipes. Within a matter of weeks, it can ravage a garden, rip its way through a brick wall or destroy a wooden fence. It usually has a vast network of underground rhizomes that shoot off smaller plants all over your garden, so if you suspect you have knotweed, it's likely it will pop up in more places than one!
What to do if you think you have knotweed?
So, if you think you've spotted this ravenous Japanese plant in your garden, don't hesitate to give us a call! We specialise in identifying, treating and eradicating Japanese knotweed.
If you think that a neighbour has Japanese knotweed that might encroach on your property and cause damage, then we can also aid you through your legal case. We offer a professional expert witness service that will help protect you and your home in the worst-case scenario.
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