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It is not illegal for you to treat Japanese Knotweed yourself but if you are considering buying or selling your home, mortgage companies have strict policies on how they would like the knotweed to be treated effectively, these usually include a 10 year management plant and an insurance backed guarantee.
If you still would like to treat the plant yourself, help prevent the spread of this highly invasive plant by looking at the do’s and don’ts in this section. Causing Japanese Knotweed to spread is illegal, there are many other laws that have to be adhered to. So it is very important to avoid activities which increase the risk of spread.
•Make a plan to eradicate Japanese Knotweed from your site.
•Isolate any outbreak of Japanese Knotweed.
•Use herbicides safely and effectively.
•Contact the Environment Agency if treating near water.
•Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines with herbicides.
•Wear protective clothing when using herbicides.
•Avoid spray drift when using herbicides.
•Dispose of the plant on site via incineration.
•Check qualifications of contractors – NPTC for herbicide use.
•Recheck previously contaminated areas for up to 2-3 years.
•Treat it immediately once identified.
•Employ a Property Care Association member, like Savage Gardens.
•Don’t cause the spread of Japanese Knotweed stem and crowns.
•Don’t flail Japanese Knotweed as this could spread the plant.
•Don’t spread soil contaminated with Japanese Knotweed rhizome.
•Don’t chip Japanese Knotweed material.
•Don’t cover the knotweed area with a weed suppressant membrane.
•Don’t use unlicensed herbicides as you will be breaking the law.
•Don’t add Japanese Knotweed to compost.
•Don’t take Japanese Knotweed to recycling centres .
•Don’t fly tip garden waste contaminated with Japanese Knotweed.
•Don’t allow knotweed to spread into adjacent properties.
•Don’t waste time. Don’t allow it to become established.
•Don’t break the law. Remember, if you cause Japanese Knotweed to spread you are guilty of an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. So, take care and deal with this invasive plant the correct way.