Japanese knotweed is known as an invasive and tenacious plant that spreads rapidly. During the winter season the knotweed is known to die back to the ground level, but during the summer the stems emerge from the rhizomes underground. The plant shoots to around 2.1m high suppressing the growth of other plants. If the plant spread to your property, it’s illegal according to the Japanese Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981.
Also, if it spreads to your neighbour’s property or public land without you controlling it you are subject to fine and ASBO. Japanese knotweed removal requires determination either through chemical or non-chemical controls and you can either do it yourself or employ the services of a professional for non-Chemical Control
Digging it up
The root system of Japanese knotweed is so extensive since it goes deep into the ground around 22ft and it also spreads through underground shoots hence digging it out needs extensive experience. In case you opt to dig it up, you need to dispose of any waste that contains the Japanese knotweed carefully. You need a specific registered carrier and also an appropriate permit to move the weed waste to a landfill area.
Additionally, the registered carrier is supposed to clean the used vehicle according to laid down Laws thoroughly. Once you dig out the Japanese knotweed, you should never dispose of it with regular household waste since it is a contaminant. For burning the Japanese knotweed waste, if you prefer to burn the waste on your land, you need to let it dry out first and then continue with the burning process. The burnt waste should be transported to the specialist landfill using the appropriate and licensed means.
Due to various legal obligations that one has to follow on Japanese knotweed removal and disposal, it’s advisable to seek help from professionals. For chemical control, chemical treatment is another way of Japanese knotweed removal, and it’s one of the safest and recommended options due to the tenacious of Japanese knotweed. When using root-killer and weed killer for Japanese knotweed removal, ensure you have the appropriate chemicals, and you carefully follow the laid down regulations and manufactures instructions.
According to the Royal Horticultural Society, it’s advisable to use the glyphosate-based chemical for Japanese knotweed removal and in particular the Root Killer and Scott’s Roundup Tree stump. You need to cut back on the plant stem before starting the application process. It takes around three years to enjoy the benefits of Japanese knotweed removal using chemicals entirely.
This means you need to re-spray the plant every year and you should avoid spraying the other plants. There are various companies offering services for Japanese knotweed removal. They have all the necessary equipment, tools and permits to keep your property free from Japanese knotweed. Additionally using professionals companies are an idea for offering insurance-backed guarantees if you decide to sell your property.