Japanese Knotweed represents a costly threat to business properties and residential homes alike. You might think your premises are safe but, with spring on the way, new shoots are beginning to emerge all across the UK.
What is Japanese Knotweed?
Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a fast-growing, bamboo-like plant native to the Far East. Originally imported by the Victorians for its elegant aesthetic appeal, the weed quickly thrived, helped along by horticultural enthusiasts and a lack of natural predation.
What makes the weed so problematic is its unique combination of traits, which include resilience, fast growth and height. The plant can quite literally force its way through wood, stone, concrete, tarmac and certain metals, causing costly damage to roads, walls, building infrastructure and water/gas pipes.
Japanese Knotweed enjoys a brief period of dormancy over the winter months (November to March), its underground rhizome roots protected from the cold by the earth.
As we enter April the roots begin to grow, small, pink, asparagus-like shoots appearing through the topsoil. From this point, there is little stopping them. Growth accelerates rapidly, sometimes at rates of up to 3cm every day. By early summer, you could be faced with plants towering at 3m tall.
What Can You Do?
The weeds are hardy and present an almost indestructible threat to the general public. Digging, burning and clipping are all generally ineffective. Often, these attempts at removal serve to spread the plant to neighbouring areas, as clippings propagate and roots restart. In a very short space of time, whole areas can become infested.
How We Can Help
If you suspect you have discovered Japanese Knotweed on your premises, we cannot urge you strongly enough to get in touch with us for a free site assessment.
As experts in Japanese Knotweed identification and elimination, we are more than happy to review your individual situation and inspect your premises for signs of infection. Should we confirm that you have new Japanese Knotweed growth, we will then discuss your options and how we might help you.
Knotweed treatment is a timely process, but catching the shoots young can mean the difference between months and years of work. So do yourself a favour this spring and take a moment to inspect your premises more closely. Pop into your garden, take a wander around your business premises, and put your mind at rest.
If you think you might have discovered sprouting Japanese Knotweed on your premises, get in touch now for a free site assessment on 0800 389 1911, or contact us here.