Why is Japanese Knotweed becoming a growing problem?
Japanese knotweed is a non-native plant introduced to Victorian England in early 19th century.
Happy marriage lasted for a hundred years and in the early 20th century England noticed that Japanese knotweed was rather an unruly, dominant and invasive partner and the marriage was far from stable.
If you have Japanese knotweed growing near your property, it can damage the structure and surfaces.
Care is advised if you are purchasing a property that has Japanese knotweed growing on it (the seller is obliged to disclose it). Your mortgage lender will most probably ask for an additional survey if they are informed of Japanese knotweed on site. You will need to check where it originates.
If it is from your neighbour, do not ignore it as if it is not your problem, try and start communication immediately to dispose of it.
Your neighbour could ask the same of you and you will need to comply as you will be guilty of an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (if you cause it to spread).
Why does it spread so easily?
It’s rhizome (which is a horizontal underground plant stem that produces the shoot and root systems of a new plant) is very resilient and even a minute fragment is capable of generating a new plant.
How to deal with it?
Contact the Invasive Weed Control company as they are professionals, qualified and regulated to deal with it effectively.
Never deal with it yourself.