Have you Bought A Property with Japanese Knotweed?

Dealing with Japanese knotweed is a nightmare for any homeowner. Not only can this invasive plant cause structural damage to your property, but it can also decrease the value of your home. If you have recently bought a property with Japanese knotweed, don’t panic. You can take steps to eradicate the plant and prevent it from spreading. This article will outline the best action to take if you have bought a property with Japanese knotweed.

Identifying Japanese Knotweed

The first step to dealing with Japanese knotweed is to identify it. Japanese knotweed has a distinctive appearance, with green and red shoots proliferating during summer. The leaves are large, shield-shaped, and the stems hollow and bamboo-like. If you are unsure whether the plant on your property is Japanese knotweed, you should contact a professional surveyor or ecologist to confirm the identification.

Assessing the Extent of the Infestation

Once you have identified Japanese knotweed on your property, the next step is to assess the extent of the infestation. Japanese knotweed is known for its aggressive growth and can quickly spread to neighbouring properties if left untreated. Establishing the extent of the infestation is essential to determining the best course of action.

Eradicating Japanese Knotweed

Eradicating Japanese knotweed can be a lengthy process that requires patience and persistence. Several methods for eradicating Japanese knotweed include chemical treatments, excavation, and burial. Chemical treatments involve using herbicides to kill the plant, while excavation involves digging up the plant and disposing of it at a licensed landfill site. Burial involves burying the plant on-site in a specially designed-cell.

Preventing the Spread of Japanese Knotweed

Preventing the spread of Japanese knotweed is critical to ensure the plant does not re-establish itself on your property. The plant can spread through the soil and any fragments of the plant that are left behind. Disposing of Japanese knotweed waste at a licensed landfill site is essential and prevents soil from leaving your property.

Disclosing Japanese Knotweed

If you sell a property with Japanese knotweed, you are legally obligated to disclose this to potential buyers. Failure to do so could result in legal action being taken against you. It is essential to obtain a Japanese knotweed management plan from a qualified specialist and keep it current.

Dealing with Japanese knotweed can be a daunting task.

However, taking action to prevent the plant from causing further damage to your property is essential. If you have recently bought a property with Japanese knotweed, it is crucial to identify the plant, assess the extent of the infestation, and take steps to eradicate and prevent the spread of the plant. By following the advice outlined in this article, you can successfully deal with Japanese knotweed and protect the value of your property.

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