Japanese Knotweed Treatment: A Method That Really Works

Japanese Knotweed | 08th June 2016

For anyone facing a battle with the infamous invasive weed, Fallopia Japonica, the task of getting rid of Japanese knotweed can seem daunting but, in reality, Japanese knotweed removal can be a straightforward process. Trying to go it alone can be a very dangerous route; failure rates from DIY Japanese knotweed removal schemes are high, and the chance of spreading knotweed further afield is a very real danger. Those who choose to bring in the knotweed experts take a wise and far less risky route.

Methods for removing Japanese knotweed

Before going down the route of removing Japanese knotweed, we always ask our clients if they have considered the alternatives. For most new developments, getting rid of Japanese knotweed is a must but, for many other scenarios, there are other ways to do the job which are cheaper and less environmentally destructive. These include Japanese knotweed relocation and cell burial as well as straightforward knotweed herbicide treatment. The Environment Agency considers the removal of Japanese knotweed to be a last resort but, for the purpose of this blog we’ll assume that the only option is excavation and removal.

Fact: done properly, the removal of Japanese knotweed by a Japanese knotweed specialist is one of the most efficient invasive weed solutions.

Fact: done badly, the removal of Japanese knotweed can actually cause huge problems, like spreading knotweed rhizome all around the site and hiking up the cost of the Japanese knotweed programme.

So, how do you ensure that the most effective Japanese knotweed removal solution is used?

Firstly, have the site surveyed by a knotweed expert, supplying any useful information beforehand. Make sure the specialist you employ can accurately map and quantify the knotweed infestation. Site conditions will influence the choice of Japanese knotweed removal method – expert evaluation helps to get the right decisions made. For example, if the right conditions exist, a ‘reduced dig’ can be employed and a specialist root barrier installed after excavating to prevent re-ingress of knotweed rhizome.

Cost is a major factor for most people – using a Japanese knotweed specialist can save you money. For example, using appropriate machinery and skilled operators can reduce the time taken on a job. Removing Japanese knotweed waste off site needs the right kind of haulage and it has to go to a licensed landfill, with each load eating a big chunk of any budget. Employing a Japanese knotweed specialist is the best way to ensure that only knotweed-impacted waste goes off site, saving hundreds, if not thousands of pounds.

Added to this is the issue of waste legislation and red-tape. If you don’t use the correct code for the waste that’s being produced you could end up paying more than you need to, or being on the wrong side of the law.

So, a well-planned, tightly controlled Japanese knotweed excavation and removal by experts will massively improve the chance of eradicating the knotweed infestation, and massively reduce the chance of Japanese knotweed returning or spreading around site.

Conclusion? Get the experts in – save hassle, save time, save money, stay within the law and get the results you need. PBA Solutions are highly experienced Japanese knotweed specialists, with first-hand knowledge of all types of Japanese knotweed removal. We offer sensible advice, competitive rates and the ability to back all of our work with insurance backed guarantees of up to 10 years.

If you’d like to know more about our Japanese knotweed removal services and other invasive weed solutions, just phone PBA Solutions on 0203 174 2187 or 01202 816134.


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