JAPANESE KNOTWEED AGENCY ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS
WHAT IS JAPANESE KNOTWEED?
Native to Eastern Asia Japanese Knotweed (Fallopian Japonica) was originally brought to the UK in the 1850s by German-born Philipp von Siebold as an ornamental garden plant which over time became widespread just about everywhere throughout the country particularly in urban areas and on roadsides, riverbanks, railway tracks, and derelict land. Japanese Knotweed is now the most non-native invasive plant that affects up to 950,000 properties across England and Wales, it is aggressive, destructive and has an exponential growth of around 10-20cm a day, its roots (Rhizomes) can grow downwards up to 3 meter’s and one plant can even extend as much as 10 meter’s in all directions if left untreated where it can also overwhelm and wipe out current native species however the biggest problem is when the roots of the Japanese Knotweed come in to contact with any building foundations as they can squeeze through even the smallest cracks in the masonry and concrete which then can weaken and damage the integrity of the structure and drainage, this could make the structure unsound.
Japanese Knotweed costs the economy an estimated £166 million per year for treatment and in property devaluations, we urge all homeowners and commercial property owners who live across St Albans that if they want preserve the market value of their property and protect themselves from any legal issues to be more vigilant for any signs of Japanese Knotweed on or around their property and to also check to see if they live in a high-risk area, you can do this by using our live and interactive National Register.
Despite the prospect of Japanese Knotweed having a fearsome reputation for causing structural damage and property devaluation, with professional help it can be dealt with where the damages and the value of the property being largely restored, however if the homeowner or commercial property owner decides to ignore or miss the opportunity in detecting Japanese Knotweed on or around their property it could prove to be a very expensive mistake even legally.
HOW YOU CAN IDENTIFY JAPANESE KNOTWEED
Japanese Knotweed can sometimes be difficult to identify and property owners who live across St Albans must be vigilant, it can change throughout the year and seasons and to make identification easier we have an extensive seasonal gallery which provides information and pictures to assist in the identification, you can also use our free identification service where you can submit some photos to us and our team will be able to check and see if you have Japanese Knotweed.
WHAT YOU CAN DO NEXT
If Japanese Knotweed is present on or near your property across St Albans then contact us today, our team of expert staff and surveyors across England and Wales are on hand to help identify and exterminate the Japanese knotweed wherever it appears, you can also email us some photos which would enable us to begin processing your issue within 24 hours. The Japanese Knotweed Agency will be ready to provide a free no-obligation survey so you can find out whether you have an issue with Japanese Knotweed, and what options are available to you, without obligation.
The Japanese Knotweed Agency charges you no fees and will instead refer you to an accredited removal specialist who will provide you with their own quote for the removal. Japanese Knotweed Agency are also on hand to give you all the advice you need around legal matters you may have.