If you've been unlucky enough to find Japanese knotweed growing in your back garden, your first question may well be something along the lines of...
"How did THAT get there?!"
Unfortunately, Japanese knotweed has a knack for appearing as if from nowhere. This invasive plant is like a bad party guest - it usually shows up uninvited, and once it's made itself comfortable, it's very difficult to get rid of.
Where did the Japanese knotweed in my garden come from?
Assuming you didn't plant it on purpose, there are a number of ways for Japanese knotweed to sneak into your garden and take root there:
- The plant may be encroaching onto your property from neighbouring land.
- A small fragment of Japanese knotweed rhizome may have found its way into your garden (e.g. in a batch of contaminated soil, or carried on someone's shoes) and grown into a new plant.
- If Japanese knotweed was growing on your property in the past, it may be that it was dormant for some time and has only re-emerged now.
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What should I do now that Japanese knotweed is growing in my garden?
The first thing you should do is contact a Japanese knotweed specialist who can assess the extent of the infestation and recommend a suitable course of action. In most cases, several applications of herbicide (followed by a period of monitoring just to make sure) will be sufficient to get the plant under control.
Taylor Total Weed Control offer a variety of Japanese knotweed treatment plans to help you deal with this unwanted guest. We are registered with the Property Care Association (PCA) so you can rest assured that our invasive weed specialists know exactly what they're doing.
NOTE: If your Japanese knotweed problem has led you into in a dispute with somebody else - for example, a seller who failed to mention an existing knotweed infestation, or a neighbour in whose garden you suspect the plant originated - we can provide expert advice and help to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of all parties.
Contact us now to discuss your Japanese knotweed problem with an expert, or click here to send us a photo - there are a number of plants that look quite similar to Japanese knotweed, so it may yet turn out that there's no knotweed in your garden at all!
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