More often than not, trying to carry out Japanese knotweed removal on your own can result in time and money wasted.
People up and down the UK are perplexed about Japanese knotweed and don't quite know what to make of this voracious plant, which was imported here in the 1800s, as it is very hard to kill off. You can throw lots of time, money and effort into trying to do some Japanese knotweed removal in your garden or elsewhere on your property, only to be flummoxed when it springs back to life and starts growing all over again. It's incredibly challenging, but there's a lot more to Japanese knotweed than just frustration.
There's no law against having Japanese knotweed on your property, but you can be prosecuted if you allow it to spread to neighbouring land and houses — as one construction firm recently found out to its cost after an infestation in one of the company's homes in Bristol crept onto seven neighbouring properties and started to cause havoc. Following prosecution, the company ended up with an £18,000 fine and costs in the case.
The reason for legislation concerning Japanese knotweed is the real threat the plant poses to the structural integrity of buildings — it can, and frequently does, cause serious damage to properties. This happens when its extensive root system grows into cracks in walls and leads to damage as the roots get bigger. They can grow up through fissures in driveways, interfere with underground services such as drains and cause other kinds of issues that can lead to major problems — and big costs in trying to fix them.
Japanese Knotweed: No Sale
Another reason many people are panicked when they see Japanese knotweed sprouting around their home is they know it can also be impossible to sell a property that has this kind of infestation. Few, if any, people will want to go ahead with a purchase if they know it's growing somewhere on the property, and mortgage providers most likely will not approve an application before professional Japanese knotweed removal is carried out and an insurance-backed guarantee is provided for the work.
The initial response of many people when they notice Japanese knotweed growing on their property — short, bamboo-like shoots first appear, and little heart-shaped leaves unfurl as the plant starts its rapid growth and quickly grows into an enormous bush, if not properly tackled — is to think they can deal with it themselves. But this Japanese knotweed removal DIY path soon dissolves into total failure, as many who have taken that path will sadly attest.
No amount of weedkiller, digging the plant up or even dousing it with copious amounts of petrol or diesel to try to kill it off will usually work, and you're left scratching your head and wondering what kind of plant it is. The problem is the engine of the weed, those roots we mentioned above. They're called a rhizome, or creeping underground stems, and they grow down deep, reach out wide and keep on growing and spreading the plant's dominance in its location. If you dig the plant up and just a small part of the roots remains in the ground, you're going to have the same problem all over again, as it starts growing once more.
Japanese Knotweed Removal the Right Way
So it turns out that the only effective and lasting way to do any kind of Japanese knotweed removal is to get the professionals in to do it for you. Companies like ours specialise in Japanese knotweed removal, and in our case, we've spent decades studying the problem, invested heavily in research and development to come up with killer eradication methods — and we have an insurance-backed guarantee to protect our customers.
We know the headaches and heartache Japanese knotweed causes to the many people who contact us, desperate for Japanese knotweed removal that works — which is why we say, if you think you have it growing on your property, get in touch with an expert eradication firm immediately. Doing so will save you an enormous amount of time and potentially money and will shield you from any potential prosecution, as well as protect the value of your home.
We can use potent herbicides to kill off Japanese knotweed over a couple of growing seasons, or if a more rapid solution is required, perhaps because you're intending to sell the property, we can use our specialist Resi-Dig-Out™ method to ensure none of the problematic roots are left in the ground. We'll also give you one of the best insurance-backed guarantees in the business — underwritten by a syndicate at Lloyd's — which will give you peace of mind for years to come.
If you suspect you have Japanese knotweed on your property, or are not sure and would like some help properly identifying it, get in touch with the experts at Environet today and our friendly team will be happy to assist. You'll be glad you did.