Brighton and Hove Japanese Knotweed Removal
As a homeowner or property developer in Brighton, discovering Japanese knotweed on or nearby your land can be very worrying. Not only is it a criminal offence to let the troublesome plant spread to a neighbour’s land, but Japanese knotweed on your property can seriously affect your mortgage prospects.
What is Japanese Knotweed?
Japanese knotweed is a fast-growing plant that was first brought to the UK in the 1850s. Initially praised for its exotic beauty, fallopia japonica, the Latin name, is now considered one of the world’s most invasive 100 alien species.
What Damage Does Japanese Knotweed Do in Brighton?
Japanese knotweed is an extremely tenacious plant, and during the warm summers in Brighton it can grow up to 10 cm a day. Its ability to exploit even the smallest cracks and fissures means it can grow into concrete and tarmac in search of water. This means that an infestation of Japanese knotweed can cause severe damage to property and foundations if left untreated.
Can You Get Rid of Japanese Knotweed?
Getting rid of Japanese knotweed from your house or property development site in Brighton by yourself is extremely difficult. Japanese knotweed can send down roots as far as three metres below ground, so completely removing it through DIY is nigh on impossible.
Identifying Japanese Knotweed in Brighton
If you suspect you may have Japanese knotweed, then you should contact a RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) approved company such as Japanese Knotweed Specialists who can conduct a full survey.
By using the latest techniques for identification, including dog detection surveys, we can confirm whether or not you have Japanese knotweed all year round.
Japanese Knotweed Treatment & Removal in Brighton and Hove
Having worked extensively in both Brighton and Hove, we have good relationships with local authorities and local companies.
While each project is tailored to the needs of the area, some of the services we offer include:
- Sifting and Screening
- Excavation and on-site burial or treatment
- Excavation and off-site removal
- Herbicide spraying treatment
- Stem injection treatment
- Root barriers
CASE STUDY: Successful Japanese Knotweed Removal in Art Deco Flats in Hove
Japanese Knotweed Specialists were called to investigate a Japanese knotweed infestation at an art deco block of flats in Hove. This was a very high-end residence in the Brighton and Hove area, and home to a number of famous actors and celebrities. When one of the residents noticed Japanese knotweed in the garden of this Brighton property, they contacted us and one of our knotweed specialists went to survey the site and discuss removal options with the client.
They preferred to have the Japanese knotweed excavated as a more immediate solution to the problem. We dug up the invasive weed and disposed of the soil at an off-site location. The cost of the Japanese Knotweed excavation for the property was £12,000.
After removing the knotweed, we imported new British Standards topsoil, which meant the residents could get their stunning garden back, and with a ten-year Japanese Knotweed guarantee and a two-year monitoring scheme in place, there were no negative effects on the mortgage.
Where We Work in Brighton and Hove
Currently in Brighton and Hove, we’re able to cover the entire city, including:
- North Laine
- West Blatchington