Japanese knotweed – 2016 Knotweed News.

Friday 23rd December 2016

Another year has passed, another season treating Japanese knotweed....and other invasive weeds of course!

I’ve been working exclusively with invasive weeds for at least eleven years now, but have been treating weeds since the early 1980s – which is a very long time! During this time, I have seen not only the usual invasive weeds continue to spread, but also new invasive species are arriving all the time. Some of these are small but can have major consequences – for instance look at the Killer shrimp or the Asian Hornet and their effects on the ecosystem. Plants are however often overlooked, but when you see a single area of Japanese knotweed covering over 10,000m2 (one plant!) than you realise what the scale of the problem is.

This season has been an interesting one (again) for Japanese knotweed. The warm winter (2015/16) enabled the knotweed to grow throughout much of the winter months, only for a cold spring to delay normal growth patterns by between 4-6 weeks. The summer and autumn were more normal by comparison and most knotweed stands have senesced for the winter now.

The winter period for us is usually a time when staff training and development can take place. This is no exception and we have several in house training days all planned and arranged. We have quite a lot of winter works to complete already arranged and hope to keep busy until the knotweed starts growing again – usually April!

For anyone interested in working with Japanese knotweed, we are looking to recruit a trainee Surveyor/estimator to be based at our Daventry offices in the New Year – CVs to be emailed to me please at brian@jkweed.co.uk We offer a comprehensive training package and competitive salary and benefits. The right candidate will learn all about the process of treating Japanese knotweed including pesticide application, surveying and management. A full driving licence is essential, as is a good standard of written and spoken English.

With staff covering all of England & Wales, speak to the professional Japanese knotweed Company about your knotweed problems, contact us on 01327 703129 or 01962 886060 or email us on enquiries@jkweed.co.uk or sharon@jkweed.co.uk