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Savvy Somerset Homeowners Call in the Pros to Battle Japanese Knotweed
Somerset is one of the regions of Britain that’s worst affected by Japanese knotweed. It’s been called the “UK’s most destructive plant” and with good reason. It if it’s not controlled and is given the freedom to grow, Japanese knotweed expands like wildfire and threatens entire properties — including their valuations.
Still, you may well ask: ‘What’s all the fuss about Japanese knotweed control?’ After all, it’s only a mere plant we’re talking about. Douse it in an unhealthy dose of a potent weedkiller and surely that will be the end of this botanical nuisance. If only it were that simple. As many people in Somerset who have been fighting Japanese knotweed on their properties can tell you, it’s a losing and entirely frustrating battle.
Japanese knotweed, it turns out, is no ordinary plant. It’s a “superweed” and one that will happily wreak havoc on your home if it gets the chance. Trying to get rid of it yourself will almost certainly result in lots of time, effort and money right down the drain. Plus, there’s the real possibility of big financial losses to your home if the problem persists.
The Facts About Japanese Knotweed
Let’s be clear about what Japanese knotweed is and what the potential for damage really is. Many of us may have read scare stories about Japanese knotweed fears whipped up in the press — and while some of them may be real, they can also be overblown.
This hardy plant was brought into Britain in the 1800s, as it was thought to be decorative and pretty. It has almost-dainty, tear-shaped leaves that could look charming if not for the plant’s underlying voracious nature. It can shoot up and out in all directions by as much as 20cm a day, quickly causing disturbances to everything around it.
Our Victorian ancestors’ love affair with Japanese knotweed relationship did not last, however. Soon enough, they grew tired of its wild ways and threw their plants out. Untamed and out in the countryside, it quickly took root and spread all over the place, leading to the havoc we have all around the UK today.
The Japanese Knotweed Risks
Japanese knotweed can not only quickly overtake a property, but its roots can grow into cracks in walls or driveways, expanding and cracking them. As it searches for moisture to aid its non-stop growth, it can interfere with water and other piping. Because of this, it may be difficult to sell a Japanese knotweed-infested property, or for potential buyers to get a mortgage for one. In one recent case, a pensioner in Wales was devastated to find that Japanese knotweed on his property caused its value to plummet from £130,000 to just £70,000.
As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, it’s also illegal to let the weed spread onto neighbouring land and properties. Doing so could attract a large fine or even a spell in jail.
Japanese knotweed can’t be easily killed off because it has a deep and large root system that will send up new shoots when what’s above ground is destroyed. So just cutting it down and hoping for the best is not going to achieve anything. The only real solution to protect your property and its value is to call in Japanese knotweed control specialists.
They will use strong herbicides that are not available to the public to apply a series of treatments that will kill Japanese knotweed. That will take some time, so if homeowners want Japanese knotweed eradicated quickly, knotweed control experts can dig it out of the ground without causing much of a disturbance. Plus, a good Japanese knotweed control company will usually provide an insurance-backed guarantee of at least five years and up to a decade.
All this gives savvy Somerset homeowners affected by Japanese knotweed definite peace of mind.
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