Japanese knotweed should not be a ‘deal breaker’ for Surrey homeowners

July 21, 2017
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Japanese knotweed need not be a “deal breaker” when buying a home, despite what many people believe.

A survey conducted by Environet UK, a Woking -based firm specialising in the removal of Japanese knotweed, found that 75% of Brits had heard of the plant, and 78% of them would walk away from buying a house if they discovered it was present in the garden.

The weed was first introduced into the UK from Japan in the 1850s as an ornamental plant, but is now number one on the Environment Agency’s list of invasive plants . It is particularly prevalent in the south-east of England, including in Surrey.

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Japanese knotweed grows up to 3m in height, spreads rapidly and can push through asphalt, cracks in concrete, driveways, cavity walls and drains, causing extensive and costly damage.

Homeowners are also legally responsible for stopping the weed spreading from their property, a fact only 49% of respondents to the survey knew.

However, despite many homeowners’ concerns that the plant is difficult or impossible to remove, there are treatments available that can eradicate it within days. Once the weed has been eliminated, property sales can continue unhindered.

Japanese knotweed can cause extensive damage to property, but it can be eradicated.
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Nic Seal, founder of Environet UK, said: “Homeowners are right to be concerned about the threat posed by Japanese knoweed. Attempting to deal with it by cutting it down repeatedly, burning it, burying it or using common weed killers simply won’t work.

“Yet for those wishing to buy or sell a property, it doesn’t have to be a deal breaker. Japanese knotweed can be dealt with once and for all, within a matter of days from discovery.

“So there is hope for buyers who may have otherwise walked away from their dream home.”


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Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/japanese-knotweed-should-not-deal-13364594


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