Japanese Knotweed in the Garden – should we worry?

When I was approached to share some information with you about Japanese Knotweed I must admit I was clueless. I had never heard of it and guessed it was just a random weed that you would just dig up and pop into the garden waste bin if you came across it. Little did I know it can be an absolute nightmare! I imagine there are others like me that just haven’t heard of it or who have and wouldn’t know what to do with it so I thought I would share with you a bit about it so you are not clueless like I was!

Personally if I saw the Japanese knotweed¬† I would not realise how much damage it could cause. Did you know that it is almost impossible to get rid of it yourself because it has a large root system. This means digging it up or a few sprays of weed killer will just not do the job. If you leave it then it will continue to spread and if you just pull it up it will regrow. It sounds a bit of a pain doesn’t it but nothing major? This isn’t the case though, the other thing with Japanese Knotweed is that it can damage houses and in fact it is almost impossible to sell a house with an infestation and very difficult to get a mortgage if this is the case too.

If this didn’t sound bad enough would you believe you can even get an ASBO (anti social behaviour order) if you allow it to spread to neighbouring properties. So what does look relatively harmless and kind of pretty can be a financial nightmare. Don’t panic though, removing Japanese Knotweed doesn’t have to be stressful there are professionals who can do this for you. The Royal Horticultural Society have pictures to help you and say that even if you do attempt removal yourself the weeds must be destroyed in a certain way and not at your normal landfill. The option of a professional reduces these issues and also cuts the treatment time in half. To me this is a no brainer and of course gives you evidence you may need for selling your house etc. I hope none of you readers have a problem with Japanese Knotweed but at least now know a little more about it.


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