Geotex Solutions for Japanese Knotweed
If you are concerned about Japanese Knotweed on your property, it is important to take action as soon as possible. Delays could lead to significant legal and financial implications.
At Geotex Solutions, we offer a range of products to help prevent Japanese Knotweed growth.
We understand the importance of dealing with Japanese Knotweed quickly and efficiently. So rest assured your project is in safe hands with us.
What is japanese knotweed?
Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a herbaceous perennial plant in the buckwheat family. Native to East Asia in Japan, China and Korea. It was first introduced into the UK in 1825 as an ornamental plant. However its popularity soon waned as it became clear how difficult it was to control.
Japanese Knotweed can grow up to 3m (10ft) tall. It can also have hollow stems that are reddish-brown in colour and have visible nodes along their length. The leaves are broad and heart-shaped, with a serrated edge. In late summer, small white flowers bloom in clusters at the end of the stems.
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The plant dies back to ground level in winter, but by early summer, the bamboo-like shoots emerge from deep-rooted rhizomes (underground stems). They then shoot up rapidly, suppressing all other plant growth. Eradication of Japanese Knotweed is challenging. As the plant can regrow from even a tiny piece of stem or root left in the ground.
In 2010, Japanese Knotweed got introduced to the list of plants covered by the Wildlife and Countryside Act in the UK. Making it an offence to cause the plant to spread in the wild. If you have Japanese Knotweed on your property, you are legally required to take measures to control its spread.
Suppose you think you may have Japanese Knotweed on your property. In that case, it’s essential to seek professional advice from a qualified Japanese knotweed contractor. This is to assess the extent of the infestation and develop a course of treatment.
Untreated, Japanese Knotweed can cause severe damage to buildings and infrastructure and reduce the value of your property.
The best way to prevent growth in the first place is to be proactive. As well as using one of our membranes to prevent its development. Click on the link below to see our range of woven membranes.
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