Japanese knotweed is a fast growing weed that can cause major damage to the infrastructure of your home if not removed quickly. You might be wondering whether Japanese knotweed is more likely to grow in certain areas, or if it favours certain climates. CYB Environmental understands how awful this weed can be, so we have put together a comprehensive guide to the growth of Japanese knotweed and what you can do to prevent it.
Where can it grow? Japanese knotweed hotspots
Unfortunately, this weed isn’t picky with location and can grow anywhere around the UK. This is why Japanese knotweed is so difficult to completely eradicate. There are certain hotspots around the country such as Manchester, East London, South Wales, and Cornwall where the weed has frequented more. Developmental and industrial works have contributed to its growth and can be a factor in the spread of Japanese knotweed.
If your property is located in these areas and is also near industrial works, keep a keen eye out for Japanese knotweed in your home.
Environet UK has built an interactive online heatmap of Japanese knotweed growth and sightings, you can access this map here. Search your property location and learn how many sightings have been recorded in the surrounding area. The map is updated daily so you’ll always have access to the latest Japanese knotweed mentions.
Originating from Japan, the weed has adapted to the UK’s climate and continues to cause havoc across the country since its introduction in the 19th Century.
Preventing its growth
Preventing growth of Japanese knotweed will benefit you hugely in the long run. Having a Japanese knotweed specialist evaluate your property can identify and kill the weed before it overruns your garden.
However, there is nothing you can do to prevent the weed from appearing, instead it’s best to focus on preventing further growth and dealing with the issues as soon as possible. Applying glyphosate based weed killer to Japanese knotweed, after cutting down and removing the canes, will stop any further growth. But keep other plants away from this weed killer, as it will destroy them.
This process may take an extended period of time, continuously exposing the plant to these chemicals will stunt its growth and prevent further spread of Japanese knotweed. Keeping it under control is a legal requirement and not doing so could result in legal action being taken against you. Read about this issue in our blog ‘Out of Control Japanese Knotweed Could Land You With a Criminal Record’.
If removal is needed
CYB Environmental offers an industry-leading Japanese knotweed treatment service, for property owners across the UK. If this weed is destroying your garden, our expert team will work with you to remove it and prevent further growth. This can be done through the use of chemicals, or manual excavation. We will assess the situation before choosing which method best suits your predicament.
Japanese knotweed is not constricted to a specific area and any UK home could find the weed on their property. Don’t wait for the situation to worsen, contact CYB Environmental for our services or general enquiries.