April Showers are an invasive weeds best friend! This influx of moisture gives any invasive weed, especially Japanese knotweed, an extra burst of energy and if it hasn’t already sprouted it will be very shortly.

As specialists of Japanese knotweed and invasive weeds as a whole, we can spot an infestation quite easily however most home/land owners will mistake invasive weeds for more friendly plants/weeds and ignore the early signs of an infestation.

We’ve posted previously about what to look out for (pinkish coloured asparagus-looking buds sprouting up from soil/tarmac/anything really) and there’s an example below for you to see:

close up shot of young japanese knotweed shoots

However, this post is here to assure you that at this stage, there’s not really much you can do apart from calling a specialist like ourselves. You can find out more about our survey and treatment processes on this website. We’re always happy to chat about any concerns or questions so please feel free to call us anytime!

A lot of our clients are often surprised when we don’t treat their infestation until May/June time and this is because this is the optimum time to attack the weed and halt it’s growth cycle. The first treatment will kill a large proportion of the visible growth and stop any further spreading for the time being. Re-growth is likely to occur in later summer when a second treatment would be applied to once again attack the weed’s rhizome system and kill the visible part of the weed, keeping the visible growth to minimum to protect surrounding flora and land and of course to inhibit any further spreading.

The chemical method for treatment (the only one we use) can be seen as lengthy but it is by far the cheapest method and has many other benefits, all of which can be read about on our treatment page below:

Treatment

As always, please feel free to contact us via the contact form or by giving us a call and we can have a chat.

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