How to Get Rid of Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed is a plant that has taken the UK by storm – and not in a good way. This invasive weed is a troublesome menace that now plagues both the countryside and our urban landscapes – so much so that getting rid of Japanese knotweed and understanding how to remove Japanese knotweed is now a top priority for both the UK government and the E.U.

This particularly destructive invasive weed can not only rip up your tarmac but also rip through your foundations, destroying the value of your property and sending the potential price tumbling fast. Luckily, if you go about it the right way, getting rid of Japanese knotweed can be a relatively simple task.

For effective Japanese knotweed removal, you must employ the services of a Japanese knotweed expert to comply with the Environment Agency’s requirements. Getting rid of Japanese knotweed is normally done by excavating the rhizome system (roots) and removing it off site to a licensed landfill site. Sub-standard work can lead to all sorts of problems, including spreading the infestation, leaving you liable to claims from angry neighbours. All the waste that is removed is classed as ‘Controlled Waste’, meaning it has to be handled very carefully.

PBA Solutions offers a free site survey to all clients who are considering Japanese knotweed removal.  The survey allows us to understand the shape and scale of the infestation, and how it relates to your plans for the property. After the survey a Knotweed Management Plan should be created. This important document will spell out the best program for getting rid of the Japanese knotweed. It’s also important in helping you prove you’ve taken a responsible approach.

Japanese knotweed removal by excavating is effective and fast - it takes days, rather than the years needed for herbicide-only treatments. It is a more expensive option but, done right, will give you back the freedom to use your garden, or proceed with your development.

Simply put, getting rid of Japanese knotweed isn’t hard if you ask the right people in the first place.

Call PBA Solutions now on 0203 174 2187 for advice on Japanese knotweed removal and to arrange your free site survey.