Property values have dropped and sales have fallen through because of Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japaonica)- the UK’s most troublesome weed. This spring, Japanese knotweed has grown to over 2 metres tall on sites across the British Isles.
Japanese knotweed is notorious for its ability to spread and for its rapid growth in spring time (up to 10 cm a day!). Few, if any, native species are capable of such feats and, unfortunately, the native flora will suffer due to their inability to compete with this non-native invasive weed. Japanese knotweed deprives other plants of light and nutrients essential for growth and survival. By being such a successful species in the UK, Japanese knotweed puts native biodiversity at risk- its presence can have an impact on plants, animals, fish and more.
Control and eradication of Japanese knotweed can be achieved if a management plan is created and followed appropriately. In many cases, herbicide treatment of Japanese knotweed is the preferred method because it is cost-effective when compared to methods such as excavation and removal to landfill (dig and dump). A variety of other methods exist so it is important for a Japanese knotweed specialist to be skilled and qualified to undertake any of the work involved. Invasive Weeds Agency are leading the way with weed control in Scotland by being BASIS qualified and accredited members of the BASIS Amenity Assured Scheme. We are audited several times a year by the leading professional standards and certification body for the UK Amenity and Agricultural sectors, BASIS, and we uphold the highest standards for health and safety, employ qualified and competent staff, look after the environment and give good value and service.
If you have discovered Japanese knotweed at your property or on the home report of a property you wish to buy, get in touch with our team for expert advice. We have treatment programmes to suit all budgets and we can offer guarantees on our services to suit your requirements.
Don’t let Japanese knotweed get in your way, call IWA, 0845 676 9252. Contact us online here.
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