How close is Japanese knotweed to your home?

Thursday 26th January 2012

An interesting thought for this week, is, how close is Japanese knotweed to your home?

I suspect that if we tried to calculate the average distance between residential properties and knotweed and expressed this by postcode, that the answers would surprise many people. I know that there are three stands of Japanese knotweed all around 100m or less from our house – and a further four stands scattered around the village (these are the ones that I know about!). This would I think be fairly typical for many parts of the country. However other towns and villages that I have visited, would have a much lower average distance, in some cases actually at (or close to) zero. In these cases knotweed is the dominant vegetation of the area, growing in every garden, field, roadside, etc, often in large and very large stands.

A reasonable idea may be gained of how common Japanese knotweed is in your area would be to walk the neighbouring streets in your area and see if you can spot any Japanese knotweed. While small infestations may be hard to spot, larger infestations are obvious at this time of year, with their dead thickets of stems, often over 2m in height.

However every year that goes by, results in more knotweed. More stands, larger stands, which in turn leads to more and larger stands in subsequent years. The reality is that the vast majority of stands are either not treated at all, or are treated ineffectively.

Yet treatment is (or can be) a simple and (while not cheap) does not have to cost the earth. All our programmes are competitive and are billed on a ‘Pay as you go’ basis – so no large sum to find up front!

If you would like to talk to a professional about your knotweed problem, please call us. Our quotations are free and without obligation.

Contact Brian Taylor on 01327 340770 or email me on my email