Don’t let Japanese knotweed grow too close to your house.[2013]

Some people ask:

How far from your house can you have Japanese knotweed?

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant species. It can cause significant damage to buildings and infrastructure if it is allowed to grow unchecked. The distance from a house that Japanese knotweed should be removed can vary depending on local laws and regulations, but generally, it is recommended to be removed as far as possible from any property or structure.

The UK government has set out guidelines that recommend that Japanese knotweed should be removed at least 7 meters. (23 feet) from the property line of a house or structure. This is to ensure that the underground rhizomes, which can grow up to 3 meters (10 feet) deep, Do not reach the structure and cause damage. However, some local authorities may have stricter regulations in place. They may require that Japanese knotweed be removed further away from a property.

It’s important to consult with your local authorities and experts. To find out the specific laws and regulations regarding Japanese knotweed in your area. As well as to identify and evaluate the best approach to control it.

Japanese Knotweed can damage your house if it grows too close. The plant has deep roots that can penetrate deep into the ground. Potentially damaging foundations, walls, driveways, and other structures. The roots can cause cracks in the foundations and walls. Also, the weight of the plant can put pressure on structures. causing further damage.

Additionally, the plant can grow rapidly and reach a height of several meters. Shading and potentially blocking light to windows and gardens. It’s important to address Japanese Knotweed if it’s growing near your property. Take measures to control its spread to prevent damage to your house.