How To Get Rid Of Japanese Knotweed
One of the most invasive plants in the entire world is the Japanese Knotweed. This plant can be easily found in most public spaces and even in your own garden. Unfortunately, it can dominate landscapes and even grow through the foundations of homes and other buildings. As a result, this invasive plant negatively affects property value. Once the mortgage lenders become aware that there is Japanese Knotweed around the property, they are much more likely to refuse to lend.
Unfortunately, Japanese Knotweed can be found all over the United Kingdom. There is actually an app that tracks the growth of Japanese Knotweed which was made by the Environmental Agency. This app shows over 6,000 areas where Japanese Knotweed is growing. This app is used by many people who are looking to purchase property since it lets them know the areas that should be avoided.
There are many ways that you can kill or get rid of Japanese Knotweed. However, due to the fact that it is very invasive, you need to implement many methods at once in order to control and get rid of it.
– Killing using tarps (smothering)
– Removing from the ground by cutting
– Removing the rhizomes
– Employing a professional Japanese Knotweed removal service
Is it possible to kill Japanese Knotweed on your own?
You can get rid of this invasive plant on your own, however, it is very challenging to do so and it will take up a lot of time. According to Environet, it should be noted that this plant can grow as many as 10 cms in only one day. So, you need to very quickly implement your removal strategies. We will now look at some tips to help you get rid of this plant.
How to completely remove Japanese Knotweed?
Every Japanese Knotweed infestation is different. So, in order to get rid of it completely, you will need to:
Quickly find the Japanese Knotweed so that you can get rid of it before it causes serious damage.
You will need to cut the canes and then remove them from the area. You should always strive to cut them as closely as possible to the ground. Once all of the canes are cut, you need to get rid of them from your property.
Then, you’ll have to use a weed killer that contains Glyphosate. Once you have cut the canes, immediately spray the Glyphosate onto the plants. You need to be as careful as possible to only spray on the Japanese Knotweed since the weed killer is very strong and will easily kill any other plants that it is accidentally sprayed on.
Allow a minimum of 7 days to pass after you’ve sprayed the plants to then pull out and remove the weeds. This time is required so that the herbicide is able to penetrate into the root of the plant and kill it. Once 7 days have passed, you can physically pull out the Japanese Knotweed from the root and it should be completely dead.
Once complete, you should mow the area every week. It should be noted that using the above method won’t get rid of the Japanese Knotweed completely. You should definitely use the weed killer at least twice every year, especially in the seasons that this plant is known to thrive.
Call a professional service. As you can likely tell, getting rid of this plant is very hard to do and there is a chance that your personal attempts may not work. So, it is best that you hire a professional service who will completely kill and get rid of all Japanese Knotweed plants on your property.
🔥How to burn this plant?
After the Japanese Knotweed is cut and pulled out, it needs to be properly disposed of in order to prevent it from growing and spreading even more. There are many ways you can dispose of this plant:
– Follow guidelines to bury it and use a root barrier
– Allow a professional Japanese Knotwood removal company to remove and dispose of the plants
– Hire specialists to treat the plants so that you can then remove them to a landfill that is licensed
These are all great ways to get rid of Japanese Knotweed, however, there is still a huge risk that this plant can return, especially if seeds escape while cutting, burning, treating, or transporting them.
The risk of spread is very high and Japanese Knotweed is known as controlled waste. The best way to deal with this type of waste is through burning or incineration. This method would make sure that no part of the plant, especially the roots survive. There are also many legal repercussions of improper disposal of this waste.
If you are found guilty of causing this weed to spread, then you can be fined as much as £5,000 along with a custodial sentence. So, it is imperative that you fully control the entire process of killing and disposing of this plant so that there is no risk of it spreading.
Thank you for reading!