Here at Knotweed Services (UK) Ltd, Our Residential section is dedicated to:
‘Residential home owners, Land owners, & organisations who DO NOT seek to develop OR build on Japanese Knotweed infested land’.
*Please see our commercial section if you wish to build on Japanese Knotweed infested land.
DON’T PANIC! KNOTWEED SERVICES (UK) LTD ARE HERE!
- Your home is your pride and joy.
- Your home is probably your most expensive asset.
- Your home provides security for you and your family.
So our team at Knotweed Services (UK) Ltd completely understand and recognise the anxiety and stress many homeowners feel when confronted with the prospect of having Japanese Knotweed on their property.
Perhaps you are in the process of selling and are afraid the sale will fall through because of the Japanese Knotweed? Or even worse, you won’t be able to sell your house…ever??
Perhaps you are looking to purchase your dream home, only to find it has Japanese Knotweed in the garden? Should you run a mile??
Perhaps you are looking to remortgage your current home and Japanese Knotweed is having an impact?
Given the negative press Japanese Knotweed has in today’s media, it is no wonder that individuals are often left feeling traumatized, with nowhere to turn.
The press reports often refer to the problems people face securing mortgages and are often coupled with reports about the potential damage that Japanese Knotweed can do, both structurally and to the value of properties but they never offer any reassurances or solutions to property owners.
We’re not saying that all Japanese Knotweed reporting is inaccurate, but what we are saying; is that Japanese Knotweed reporting is often ‘overtly exaggerated’.
There are solutions! So we here, at Knotweed Services (UK) Ltd, are here to tell you ‘DON’T PANIC! Knotweed Services (UK) Ltd are the UK’s Japanese Knotweed Specialists.
- We will help you sell your home!
- We will help you buy your dream home! (You don’t have to run a mile).
- We will help make a remortgage possible!
And what’s more, Knotweed Services (UK) Ltd will hold your hand throughout the whole process so you don’t have to worry!
Our experienced team are here to offer FREE support, guidance & advice. We will conduct a survey, classify the risk according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and implement a 5 year herbicide management plan on your say so….. SIMPLE.
And once your Management Plan is in place, we will issue your paperwork, which you then supply to parties involved in the purchase… SIMPLE. Banks & lenders are happy…..SIMPLE.
Every year 1000’s (yes 1000’s- Japanese Knotweed is everywhere in the UK so you are not alone) of people call on our services to help them.
As the UK’s Japanese Knotweed Specialists, our no-nonsense, simple, understandable and affordable management plans have reassured and helped 1000’s through the buying and selling process and it is this approach which has been the driving force behind the success of our business…. SIMPLE!
OUR PROCESS IS SIMPLE
Resolving your Japanese knotweed problem with Knotweed Services is an uncomplicated process.
IDENTIFICATION OF JAPANESE KNOTWEED
You can upload your pictures to us using the methods above. If you are 100% sure it is JKW and this has been identified on a homebuyers Survey, a Valuation Survey or even a gardener, please progress to step 2.
A PCA Qualified Surveyor will conduct the site survey. Pictures and measurements will be recorded and a visual inspection of the property boundaries (where possible neighbouring property) will be inspected. All factors/variables affecting the JKW will be recorded. Such as:
- The size of the infestation
- The location
- Nearby watercourses
- Does the property back onto Network Rail land?
- Access issues
- Distance to habital space (Please see RICS assessment framework for further guidance on distances) and
- JKW encroachment from/onto neighbouring property.
In cases of encroachment, where possible, our expert surveyors will identify where encroachment has taken place. At this stage, any future plans for the property (IE. landscaping/potential extension/renovation works) will also be discussed.
REPORT & QUOTATION PREPARED
If you are in the process of buying or selling a house, the report produced by our qualified and experienced surveyors will be required by the mortgage lenders- even if the suspected plant is NOT JKW.
The detailed report will conclude the findings of the site survey and the recommendations for the best method of control/treatment. This is known as a management plan and at this initial stage, we refer to it as a proposal.
The management plan proposal will outline the best method of control/treatment specific to each individual property based on the findings of the site survey. Our bespoke Management Plans include Herbicide treatment in the forms of Stem Injection, Knapsac Sparaying, Foliar Wiping & Crown Removal; as standard.
The Management Plans are for a duration of 5 years and include a 10 year Warranty. (Insuranced Backed Guarantees are available upon request). Finally, a quotation for the bespoke management plan will be prepared and sent to you, along with the management plan proposal. (We aim to complete paperwork within 7 days (Max)).
MANAGEMENT PLAN AND WARRANTY PAPERWORK ISSUED
If instructed following the quotation, Knotweed Services (UK) Ltd will commence a 5 year treatment plan to control the Japanese Knotweed and a 10 year warranty is issued.
A typical contract includes:
- 2/3 year Herbicide/stem injection treatment plan * (We aim to conduct 2 treatments per year)**
- Crown removal
- 2/3 years of monitoring the site for any regrowth
- A final inspection
- A full management plan
- A 10 year warranty
*As we are dealing with nature, we constantly assess the effectiveness of treatment. Every JKW infestation, in different environments, reacts differently. Knotweed Services will treat for either 2 or 3 years, whichever is necessary until successful.**Dependent on how effective previous treatments are, this could be more or less.
Knotweed Services (UK) Ltd are employed to take full responsibility of the Japanese Knotweed infestation,making buying & selling property easier as we provide all the documentation mortgage lenders/purchasers/estate agents and solicitors require.
As we are a PCA approved contractor, this treatment plan is fully compliant with industry standards and will be recognised by banks and building society's to allow lending against a property. Therefore, once payment is received, the paperwork is issued immediately, which can be sent directly to all parties. Hence, this process should not hold up the buying or selling process.
5 YEAR MANAGEMENT PLAN DURATION
COMPLETION CERTIFICATE ISSUED
Knotweed Services (UK) Ltd offer a range of successful Japanese knotweed treatment methods:
The most common herbicide application is to spray the foliage. We use powerful chemicals with the use of a knapsack. Chemicals are sprayed away from other plants to ensure that other plants aren’t damaged. The most effective time to apply foliar spraying to Japanese knotweed is in Spring.
This is much more damaging to the underground rhizome system than applying herbicides in any other season. A qualified person should carry out any treatment that involves the use of chemicals due to their powerful and harmful nature. All of our technicians are PCA qualified.
FOLIAR LEAF WIPING
With this treatment we employ a device to ‘physically wipe’ our chemicals onto the Japanese Knotweed leaves directly.
This means our application is precise and that we can often use a higher concentration of chemical.
Wiping has advantages over spraying – the chemicals are being absorbed directly by the Knotweed and there’s less wastage and drip.
It’s also a better solution if the infestation is very near desirable plants and foliage (no matter how careful we are, droplets in sprays can drift).
we apply a controlled amount of herbicide directly into the Japanese knotweed plant. Due to being injected directly into the plant, this is the most crafty method of removal. Unlike other spraying methods (more traditional) it is not dependant or compromised by weather conditions.
With traditional spraying methods, the environment has to be taken into account because rain or wind could cause the chemicals to spread to other species and have the potential to be harmful. Due to the nature of the stem injection procedure, it is 100% safe.
Crown and stems are capable of regenerating and even small fragments of cut crown or stem are capable of regenerating and becoming a new plant – removing these from the equation is a great strategy.
New plants will grow from the nodes of pieces of green stem, in soil or water. Mechanical cutters, will spread knotweed in this fashion. If stems are dried until they are dark brown, they will not regrow unless the crown (base of the stem) is still attached.
Crown removal is exactly what you would expect from the title. By removing the cranes of the Japanese knotweed plant, we remove the majority of biomass that is underground. With the crowns removed – our herbicide and stem injection treatments are much more effective.
Biomass is a form of excavation and removal but instead of extracting all of the soil impacted by Japanese Knotweed, we only remove the infested parts of the soil.
It is an effective, productive and maintainable Japanese knotweed control method that allows the reuse of the previously infested soil. Reducing the use of landfill.
This method is most effective when used in conjunction with other control methods. For a domestic property, a small digger will scrape back small layers of soil at a time and one of our surveyors will remove any rhizome as they’re unearthed.