February 20, 2018


The Klondyke Group announce appointment of catering director -

Monday, February 19, 2018

Brackenburn creates renewable biofuel to burn in the home -

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Garden centre donates materials to Care Farm students -

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Best outdoor lifestyle retailer in the UK gong awarded to Gordale Garden Centre -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Stewarts Garden Centre customers thanked for £20,711 fundraising appeal total -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Plant expert to visit Perrywood Garden Centre for talks and orchid clinics -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Two added to Highfield Garden World planteria team -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Discount retailer boosts garden centre stock with Peterborough acquisition -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Residents express their shock and sadness at news Reigate Garden Centre is to close -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Grange Fencing introduces new consumer-facing brochure -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wyevale Garden Centres celebrates £1.7m fundraising success for Marie Curie -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New owner for Peterborough’s The Barn garden centre -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Reigate Garden Centre will close by October so hundreds of new homes can be built -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Deans garden centres’ fundraising helps keep air ambulance flying high -

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sycamore Park Garden Centre boss gives update on future -

Monday, February 12, 2018

Beech’s Fine Chocolates re-launches Easter egg range -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Spring Puppy focus from JAMES WELLBELOVED® -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

94% of retail businesses missing out on tax exempt gifts that boost staff productivity and morale -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wildlife World celebrates 20 years in business -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Be ‘Lawn Ready’ for spring -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

There’s no need to get in a knot over Japanese knotweed

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Garden centres all over the country have long been inundated with requests about how to deal with the issue of Japanese knotweed. Since the highly invasive plant was introduced to this country from, yes, Japan, in the late 1840s (it was deemed ornamental at the time) it has gone on to create problems all around the UK.

Japanese knotweed is not only a rapid grower (up to 20cm a day sometimes), but it’s incredibly tough and very little stands in its way. It’s been called one of the most destructive plants in Britain and it can be hard to get a mortgage on a property that houses — or is even close to — knotweed. If there’s any hint of Japanese knotweed around, mortgage providers will typically want professional extermination and clearance carried out before they will consider an application for a new mortgage.

For a long time with Japanese knotweed and its rapid spread, it seemed like a tough battle to control it. It’s so tenacious that just cutting it down won’t get rid of the problem. Down in the soil is an entrenched system of roots that are ready to shoot back up at any time, and dealing with them is another story entirely.

Tackling the Problem of Japanese Knotweed

Thankfully, in the UK today, there exists specialised firms that deal exclusively with Japanese knotweed — and it’s not surprising to learn that they are generally run off their feet. It’s important to note that property and landowners are responsible under the law for ensuring any non-native plants do not spread to neighbouring sites. Should this happen, and even if they don’t carry out extermination and removal of the plants properly, they may be fined up to £5,000 or be jailed for as much as two years.

Specialist Japanese knotweed removal companies such as Environet have studied the problem and come up with innovative and effective solutions to wipe the scourge off any residential or commercial property. They do it with an array of techniques, methods and proprietary machinery that ensure even patches of soil infested with roots networks are neutralised.

Environet has even purchased a plot of land, in Sussex, to conduct in-depth research and field trials into how to better eradicate the pest of Japanese knotweed. It has invented its own method, called Xtract, to eliminate Japanese knotweed from commercial areas such as construction and development sites. For residential sites, it’s a herbicide treatment plan or physical removal, or both.

Extermination Guarantee

These kind of reputable Japanese knotweed removal companies don’t just do the job and that’s it. They provide insurance-backed guarantees that the plant will not return; but if it does happen to, they will cover further work. In the case of Environet, extermination is guaranteed for either five or 10 years, under a £100,000 limit of liability policy underwritten by a Lloyd’s syndicate. It is one of the few Japanese knotweed removal companies in the UK to hold such insurance and providing ultimate peace of mind to customers.

Additionally, the best Japanese knotweed removal companies employ eco-friendly ways of working to remove the weed, so that the immediate environment is protected. After all, Japanese knotweed causes enough destruction of its own; going in and bulldozing an infested site and leaving it worse off is not an option.

Is it safe to say the threat of invasion onto a property by Japanese knotweed is now over? No. The plant is still in existence around the UK and will creep into any place it can. But by utilising the latest methods of control and extermination, it is possible to say that Japanese knotweed is no longer the uncontrollable plague it once was.

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