Fallopia japonica (Japanese knotweed, Reynoutria japonica Houtt., Polygonum cuspidatum) classified as an invasive species in Europe

How to Get Rid of Japanese Knotweed

It pays to know how to get rid of Japanese knotweed the right way. Find out how in this post.

What do you do with a rapidly growing weed on your property or premises that, despite your very best efforts, will not be killed off and keeps springing back to life? This is the all too real prospect faced by many people around the UK when they realise they have a Japanese knotweed infestation and nothing seems to work in getting rid of it.

The natural tendency when you have an uninvited plant in your garden is to cut it down, spray it with weed-killer or dig it right out of the ground. While these might seem like adequate measures to take with Japanese knotweed, the reality is unfortunately very different. This highly invasive species will usually resist amateur efforts to eradicate it and, even if it's dug up, the chances are that it will grow back. So, how to get rid of Japanese knotweed is a more difficult question than it may seem at first.

Japanese knotweed is not only an incredibly hardy plant and one that grows like wildfire during the peak summer growing season; it also has a large root network that can be such a headache for the average homeowner. It's called a rhizome and if just a small part of it remains after the weed is dug out of the ground, it will most likely start the growth process all over again. It can really seem like an immortal plant that you might never get rid of!

Japanese Knotweed Problems and DIY Jobs

This is not just a case of a fast-growing weed that threatens to overwhelm a property. It's also about the real threat of damage to buildings. Japanese knotweed is such a thug of a plant that it can grow into cracks in walls and expand them; it can interfere with sewers and drains, leading to all sorts of problems in the running of a house or business; and it can even grow up through asphalt on driveways.

This is why it can be hard, if not impossible, to sell a property that has Japanese knotweed on it —  and equally difficult for potential purchasers to get a mortgage for such an infested home. Merely trying to remedy the situation by carrying out repairs to walls or other damaged parts of a property will not do anything to fix the problem. It is time to get rid of this uninvited guest once and for all.

Here at Environet, we have heard of all sorts of home remedies people turn to in trying to kill off Japanese knotweed on their property. Some people cover the weed in great mounds of salt, others pour diesel over it, while more attempt to drown the plant with weed-killers — an expensive undertaking and one, like all of these DIY efforts, that just does not work.

Here's How to Get Rid of Japanese Knotweed

There is only one thing to know when faced with an infestation of Japanese knotweed on your property: You cannot handle it alone. That does not mean, however, that you are on your own and have to put up with this scourge of a weed. Real and professional help is at hand.

Using the expertise of a professional Japanese knotweed eradication firm will not only finally solve the problem, but will also save you time, money and effort. They are able to use a variety of proven methods that kill off the weed for good, and they will typically provide an insurance-backed guarantee to cover their work.

Now, the property is protected once again — in terms of its structural integrity and its value. Getting rid of Japanese knotweed the right way, by using the pros, will give you the ultimate peace of mind you need to get on with your home life

Do you have a problem with Japanese knotweed on your property and are tearing your hair out trying to get rid of it? Get real advice and help today by contacting the experts at Environet. You soon could be free of Japanese knotweed and have a far happier, safer home.

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