Japanese Knotweed has quite the reputation. As one of the most invasive plants on earth, it is able to easily adapt to its surroundings and can make any soil, space and surface its home.
If you’ve been unfortunate enough to have Japanese Knotweed on any of your properties, you’ll know all about it, but if not, the guys at Japanese Knotweed Expert have put together a fantastic infographic detailing facts about this pest.
Outbreak of Japanese Knotweed in Stoke on Trent
For this case of Japanese Knotweed in Stoke on Trent, the knotweed had been brought to a brownfield site after some contaminated waste was left there. This is a common way that sites are contaminated with Japanese Knotweed, through fly tipping or lorry loads of waste that have not been screened. Not only is fly tipping against the law, but the incorrect and irresponsible disposal of Japanese Knotweed can lead to fines and even a prison sentence. As there was no specimen plants or water courses on this industrial site where we were treating the Japanese Knotweed in Stoke on Trent, we were able to spray the plant four times over a season. We used a systemic translocating herbicide that is 300x stronger than those available to the general public. By using this, we can not only kill the tops of the plant, but eradicate the roots and underground shoots (rhizomes) to ensure that this invasive weed does not return.
The process we have perfected over the years meant that we killed the Japanese Knotweed off altogether enabling the Stoke on Trent based builder to get on with developing the site.
The soil was then placed in an area that was to be landscaped and then monitored. By keeping this soil away from the rest of the site, we were able to monitor the site while the rest of the building could continue. This way, if any knotweed did reappear it could be treated easily without risk of any cross contamination. If it did reappear we would be able to treat it with herbicide and this would cause no disruption to the site. When dealing with commercial clients that have Japanese Knotweed we feel it is even more imperative to remove the Japanese Knotweed as quickly as possible. Often work is started within 5 days of the Purchase Order being filled out and returned to us. Due to this reason and our 100% success rate we are the preferred contractor for Japanese Knotweed Removal in Stoke on Trent for a number of commercial clients.