If you live in a property with a shared garden, it is likely that the maintenance of the garden is divided amongst the proprietors. Often, communal gardens are managed by a factoring company in order to make the process run smoothly. Well, the latest spanner in the works for factors and those responsible for communal gardens is Japanese knotweed.
Japanese knotweed was brought into the UK in the 19th century to be planted in ornamental gardens. It soon spread from the ornamental gardens into the wild and during the 20th century it found its way into all manner of places. Control of this weed is achievable using herbicide products approved for domestic use (the type found at garden centres, hardware stores etc.). The problem, however, is that these products take a long time to eradicate Japanese knotweed- several years at best. So, if Japanese knotweed is found in a communal garden, there is often a lot of discussion about how best to deal with this problem. Some parties may wish to attempt to kill the Japanese knotweed themselves whilst others insist on appointing a ‘specialist’ contractor. With the internet being full of mis-information and horror stories about Japanese knotweed, it is all too easy for householders to get frightened into thinking that the Japanese knotweed will a) Severely damage their house b) Cost £10,000 or more to eradicate c) Be impossible to kill unless you have a treatment method with an acronymic name followed by the word ‘system’ (e.g. H.O.T. system or B.L.A.S.T system).
So what can be done and how does this relate to communal gardens? There are plenty of treatment options available to suit different budgets and timescales. Our Services page details some of these. Japanese knotweed in communal gardens can be tricky to manage. The weeds are no more difficult to kill than those found elsewhere, however, the shared costs of the work often brings a multitude of opinions on the matter as well as a host of newly formed ‘internet experts on Japanese knotweed’ (a term that describes many of our competitors). Straightforward work is often hugely complicated by committees and the timescales for the projects drag on and on. Firm decisions are rare and the whole process can become tiresome.
The solution is: Ask what qualifies them as experts (a spraying competency certificate is not enough). Ask the experts for their opinion on how best to eradicate the Japanese knotweed. Ask to see references and a proven track record. Ask for fixed costs. Make a decision on the matter within a reasonable timescale. Be courteous and let contractors know whether they have or have not won the contract. Say thank you to the contractor for all the time they have put into competing for the work in your garden!
To request a site survey for Japanese knotweed or any other invasive weed, call Invasive Weeds Agency on 0845 676 9252 or contact us here for a free quote.
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