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Fallopia Japonica, also known as the Japanese Knotweed, is a perennial plant that is widely feared. The plant is feared due to its damaging features to its surroundings both underground and on the surface. Its broad oval leaves and hollow bamboo-like stems make it spread faster than butter on warm toast.
During the winter seasons and Christmas period, the Japanese Knotweed plant dries and dies back to ground level. This however doesn’t stay for long as it sprouts out later on. The plant returns back by early summer.
Their roots spread for more than seven meters underneath and grow deep into the ground making it very difficult to get rid of.
When growing, the plant shoots upwards vigorously helping it tear through fences, patios, and foundations.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has offered a wide range of information that will help you confidently identify the Japanese Knotweed and avoid mistaking it with other plants.
Problems Caused by the Japanese Knotweed Plant
The Japanese Knotweed has caught the eyes of many property owners due to its ability to spread quickly. This poses a lot of dangers to fences, foundations and patios around it. The Japanese Knotweed can even bring down a residential home by slowly causing cracks in the walls which later fall.
In case one finds the Japanese Knotweed within seven meters of your residence, you are advised to seek legal advice on the next legal measures to take.
As the plant gets closer to your property, its roots are deeply enrooted onto your land and can cause lots of damages to the surrounding buildings.
Having the weeds within seven meters of your property will make it difficult for you to get property services such as a mortgage or even selling the property.
This leads to a reduction in your property value. The reduction can go to as high as 10% of the property value which is a big loss to you and your family.
Steps to Take in Case of Japanese Knotweed
Seek legal advice the moment you find a Japanese Knotweed plant alongside your property.
A local expert will be assigned to you during the first instance. He/she will help you determine whether the plant has really encroached onto your property or not. Contact Environet for Japanese knotweed eradication.
One shouldn’t be complacent if they can’t physically see the plant in their property since most of the growth occurs beneath the ground making it difficult to be seen with the naked eye.
A simple search conducted by the legal officer will help you know the owner of the adjoining land.
These neighbor’s also have a big role to play in the control of the Japanese Knotweed plant. With the help of the solicitor, they will be presented with an agreement to not only compensate you for the loss but also they will be required to remove the plant.
The payment of compensation is due to the fact that the weed depreciates the property value by more than 10%of its original value in case a sale is to take place.
UK Japanese Knotweed Hotspots
This article gives a list of common areas in the UK where you are most likely to find the Japanese Knotweed plant.
The Japanese Knotweed plant is most prevalent on embarkments and especially along railway lines.
The rails have allowed the plant to spread drastically over the decades.
Always keep an eye for this damaging plant in case your home is near the railway line.
The high fences help in hiding this damaging plant until it is too late and the damage has already been done. Remember that trespassing onto railway lines is dangerous and illegal and the railway company has the right to press charges against you.
Removing the Japanese Knotweed
Due to the fact that its root go deep underground and for long distances, it is very difficult to thoroughly remove them.
Some common DIY removal methods include spraying with weed killer, smothering with tarpaulin, and digging out.
One should be careful not to dispose of the plant in your green waste section or around your normal household as they have a very fast regrowth rate. The Japanese Knotweed plant should only be disposed of at licensed landfill sites. This is where a specialist disposal company such as Environet, Japanese knotweed eradication services are essential.
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