May 2nd, 2014

A Growing Pain: Japanese knotweed

As spring gets well and truly underway, we’re receiving a growing number of calls from clients who are struggling to get mortgages or sell their homes due to the presence of Japanese knotweed on their property.

Japanese knotweed (JK) is an exceptionally aggressive invasive plant, capable of weakening concrete, tarmac, brick walls and foundations. Left untreated, JK can cause serious structural damage, proliferate rapidly, and create a legal liability that is now making many mortgage lenders increasingly reluctant to lend on properties where JK is present. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and perhaps our understanding of it’s destructive properties influences our opinion, but rapid JK growth can also very quickly destroy the aesthetic properties of your garden or property.

If your property is infested with knotweed, immediate action is required to halt the spread and prevent further damage. ERS works with our clients in numerous ways:

  • Identify and confirm the presence and spread of JK on and around your property
  • Provide guidance on the costs and timescales for removal methods
  • Develop and deliver a JK management plan
  • Provide a 10 year, insurance backed guarantee for successful eradication


Our Invasive Plants Team are always on hand to provide free plant identification and treatment advice – if you think you’ve got a knotweed problem please call on 0141 772 2789

Posted by Mark

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