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  • Property-a-holics

    Knotweed can not be eradicated

    Knotweed can not be eradicated

    The world's largest field trial on the control of Japanese knotweed, conducted in Wales, has found that eradicating the plant is not possible.

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    Related article regarding Japanese Knotweed and its effects on property.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/...omeowners/

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    A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions.

    Martin H. Fischer

    Its possible to deal with it on a site by site basis but as a whole there's currently nothing to get rid of the whole problem overnight.


    Industrial strength weed killer can have some affect. They are also doing trials with a fly/insect that can keep it under control by chewing at it. The fly/insect is not native to the UK so they can't just release it without full study etc being done. In some cases either can kill of the knotweed but overall it's unlikely to totally get rid of the problem.


    Wales has a real & growing problem with knotweed and it's certainly something to check for as sellers may pretend they knew nothing about it being on or very close to the property. From what I have heard there is now so much of it in Wales that unless it looks like it's undermining the foundations of a property a mortgage company may still consider lending on a property where there is knotweed as it's not always a catastrophic situation.

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    I think alot of this is scaremongering and in return this has made mortgage companies be so drastic about it. and this is the only real problem. Yes knotweed will cause damage to a building, so can ivy, albeit slower. Who in all seriousness lets knotweed grow right outside their backdoor without doing something about it. I have dealt with it 4 times now (the first being some 10 years ago easily long enough to tell if I had eradicated it successfully or not) I simply saturated it with  Glyphosate 360 diluted 1 in 40, once in July and again September. The first time I did this was to a plant covering about 10 square metres, so more than a bit. It went black, dissappeared, as expected, in winter and never reappeared. As said the only real problem is people's attitude to it and compensation culture

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