While it may seem that removing a plant is the easiest thing in the world, this could not be farther from the truth. Japanese Knotweed removal is actually an incredibly complicated process that needs a number of different steps to be completed. People who work within the industry have acquired enough experience to make it seem easy, but they are still cautious and well prepared for each and every job that they do. The job is also made harder the longer that people wait, making it important to call for help as soon as a problem is identified, rather than waiting to see if it can be controlled through other means.
The first step is of course going to be removal of the plant and all of the existing root systems from the area in which it has been growing. This is made more difficult by the speed with which the plant grows – up to 4cm a day. In addition, the plant can have roots that go as deep as 7 meters, making it hard to remove all of them. Teams will work hard to ensure that all of the material is taken from the area, leaving the ground free from any roots, stems, leaves, and other plant parts.
Next, the company will take care to quarantine all of the material that they have taken away, making sure that it can never cause a problem again. There are a few different methods available for this undertaking, but most of them involve relocating the material and sealing it off from the outside world. This is important because the plant can continue to produce spores long after it appears to be dead, making it impossible for normal disposal methods to work. There are standards for disposal that have been endorsed by both landfills and companies that do renewal, giving a good guideline for anyone else to follow.
Third, the ground that surrounds the area where the plants have been growing will need to be treated as well. This will usually be done in a much larger radius than most people would think necessary, but will ensure that the weed will not be able to grow back. This must be undertaken before the ground can be tilled or anything else can be planted in the garden. This may be completed as a number of different treatments or as one larger treatment, depending on the infestation in question.
All of these different steps going into Japanese Knotweed removal, ensuring that it will be successful and that the weed will not be able to take over the gardens or public spaces in which it is growing. If any of these steps is not followed, it is likely that the weed will come back, wreaking havoc on the plants that grow in the same area and causing expensive issues for the individual who owns the property that the weed has decided to infest. This is why companies take their commitment to remove the plant so seriously.