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5th January-

New Year, New Garden

Like many of us, the New Year means unrealistic expectations and resolutions which many of us would have already broken by now. If this sounds familiar and you are guiltily tucking into the chocolate bar you did so well to give up for the first four days, it is time to find something realistic and fun that you can stick to. If you have never really bothered with your garden, or never really saw yourself as the green fingered type, now is the perfect time to change this. It is something that you can gradually do over the year, so by the time summer comes, you can have a perfect garden for you to relax in and soak up the sun.

14th December-

Maintaining your garden over the winter months

Once you have prepared your garden for the winter months, it is very easy to forget about it, before having to do a mass clean up mission when the weather improves. Whilst we appreciate that no one will like to venture out if the weather is bad, if you put in the hard work before it gets too bad, it will be much easier to manage. This doesn’t mean that you have to go out every day, and spend really long periods of time weeding, but small amounts of time can make a big difference to the overall condition of your garden.

10th December-

10 ways to make the most of a small garden

If you have a small garden, it is all too easy to think that there is very little that can be done with it. This is simply not the case though, and there are many different ways in which you can really make your small garden pop. Below are just ten different hints and tips that you can do in your own garden that will really make the most of the space that you have.

30th November-

Top gardens to visit this winter

Winter can be an absolutely beautiful season and if you enjoy nothing more than taking a walk around beautiful surroundings in the crisp frost, or making footprints in the snow, we have some of the best public gardens for you to visit this winter.

13th November-

What is land remediation relief, and how can it help you?

Land Remediation Relief can help businesses to cover the costs of Japanese Knotweed removal. It was originally a scheme that was introduced by the government to encourage new use of previously damaged land, opening up a whole load of different opportunities, such as jobs and houses that otherwise would not have been there.

23rd October-

Transforming your garden for Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching, and now is the perfect time to get your garden Halloween ready. If you have children; or are expecting a number of trick or treaters, or even planning a Halloween party for you and your friends, transforming your garden can really add to the scary feel that adorns the evening of the 31st October. You do not have to spend a lot of money to create a really effective Halloween style garden; it simply requires a little patience and creativity.

15th October-

10 plants that pose a danger to your pets

Anyone with a dog or a cat will know that they explore with their nose and mouth, and often have their head in places, eating something they shouldn’t. Whilst most pet owners will do the obvious things to keep their dogs and cats safe when they are out in the garden, you might not be aware of the hidden dangers that you have lurking. Many popular plants that are commonly found in gardens are actually extremely dangerous to both dogs and cats. Here is a list of just ten of them…

25th September-

The dangers of Japanese Knotweed this winter

Japanese Knotweed can be dangerous at any time of the year and should always be removed professionally to prevent any damage being caused to your home and garden. In order to not inadvertently spread this to your neighbours’ garden, which can land you in some legal hot water, it is important that you know how to identify Japanese Knotweed throughout the whole year. Below is a brief guide on how to spot Japanese Knotweed in the winter months and what to do it if you suspect you have this weed growing in your back garden, along with the damage it can cause to you and your family; not to mention your home.

7th September-

10 plants that will attract wildlife to your garden

Whilst many of us view insects and bugs to be a nuisance, some wildlife can actually be incredibly beneficial to your garden. If you are keen to attract more wildlife to your garden, some plants will help more than others. Below are just ten plants that you can have that will help you to attract the much wanted wildlife to your garden.

28th August-

10 vegetables to grow this winter

Don't abandon your garden over the winter time. Whilst it might not look as pretty and colourful as it did over the summer months, there is still plenty that you can do to keep your garden alive; including growing your own vegetable. Some vegetables flourish during the colder months, and it is the perfect time to turn your garden into your very own vegetable patch. You’ll be grateful when the time comes to pick them and you do not even have to leave your own house in order to have a lovely warming dinner.

25th August-

Preparing your garden for winter

Whilst no one wants to think of the summer coming to an end, and autumn creeping in, it is important to know how you can keep your garden safe and well over the winter, where it is likely to be exposed to a lot of rainfall, ice, frost and maybe even snow. If you are a keen gardener and have spent the whole summer pruning and planting, so that your garden looks full of colour, it can be a little bit disappointing and upsetting to think of the weather ruining this; but read on to find out how you can best prepare your garden for the winter ahead.

21st July-

10 things you need to know about Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed has found itself at the forefront of a lot of news stories at the moment, after several reports of people being hospitalised after coming into contact with this plant. We have previously highlighted the dangers of this weed, and what you should do if you come into contact with the sap. You can read the full article here. People know very little about this weed however; so here are just ten things you need to know about Giant Hogweed.

14th July-

Understanding the dangers of Giant Hogweed

The BBC has highlighted the dangers of Giant Hogweed after two young boys were hospitalised in Bolton after touching this destructive weed. A boy of thirteen and their friend were playing at Moses Gate Country Park in Farnworth unaware that they were surrounded by Giant Hogweed. The following morning one of the boys woke with bad rashes to his skin that felt like “someone was poking [him] with needles”. Although the weed has now been removed from the park, the boys may find that the effected skin is sensitive to light for years.

30th June-

How to start a vegetable patch in your garden

There is a lot of pressure to eat and live healthily and a lot is placed on the importance of making sure that you are getting your recommended daily allowance of fruit and vegetables, so why not make it easier for yourself and have your own allotment in your back garden. It does not matter if your garden is small or large, you can benefit from a vegetable patch. Plus, if you can see exactly where the food that you are eating has come from, you may be more inclined to eat it.

10th June-

Top 10 gardening tips

Your garden should be a place that you want to relax in when the weather permits. If you dread gardening, there are many ways in which you can make it enjoyable. Once you begin to see your garden taking place, you may be more inclined to keep it looking nice, and this will give you the motivation that you need to go out and do the odd bit of weeding, or to cut the grass. Here are ten top tips to get your garden looking brilliant, just in time for the summer months.

27th May-

Garden weeds that can be harmful to your health

Everybody knows that weeds are detrimental to the health of your garden. Not only do they look unattractive, but they can cause problems for your other plants, and in extreme cases, your home. But many do not realise that they can actually affect your health in various ways. In previous articles we have discussed the unusual health benefits of weeds, but this is only apparent if used correctly and appropriately

20th May-

10 weeds that can cause damage to your home

If you are a keen gardener you will know the importance of knowing what is damaging for your garden and what is not.  There are certain plants and trees that can not only cause damage to your garden, but also to your home.

27th April-

Are there any beneficial weeds growing in your garden?

No matter how keen you are at gardening, the chances are, you are likely to come across pesky weeds in your garden at some point. But, before you get too happy with the weed killer, not all weeds are bad.

14th April-

10 weeds you are likely to find in your garden

Now the weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, you are more than likely starting to get a grip on your garden, in preparation for the summer. Everyone will be plagued by weeds at some point, and some are obviously more harmful than others.

30th March-

Is your garden safe for your pets?

We know the dangers of Japanese Knotweed and other common invasive weeds, but are your garden and home potentially dangerous to your pets without you even realising it? Could you be intentionally growing plants to keep your garden looking nice, not realising the harm it could be doing to your pet?

19th March-

10 common poisonous houseplants

Most of us enjoy having plants in our home and there are many health benefits to doing so. What we may not realise though is that many of the pretty plants and flowers that we display in our homes are actually poisonous. We have put together a list of 10 common house plants. These are not in any order and can all cause potential harm.

24th February-

10 things you didn't know about Himalayan Balsam

It is not just Japanese Knotweed that can cause damage in your garden and the surrounding areas of your home. Himalayan Balsam is an incredibly invasive weed that also needs to be controlled. Although it is not as highly publicised as Japanese Knotweed, it is still important that it is recognised, as appropriate action will need to be taken. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Himalayan Balsam…


19th February-

What to do if you suspect you have Japanese Knotweed growing on your property

Japanese Knotweed is a nasty weed, and needs to be professionally removed before any major damage can take its toll. Do not be fooled by the somewhat attractive appearance of this weed, when it blossoms, as the damage it can cause can be absolutely devastating.

22nd January-

10 Most Invasive Weeds

If you are a keen gardener, you will know the importance of keeping weeds at bay, and know the damage that some can cause. We have put together a list of what we consider to be 10 of the most invasive weeds that there are.

12th January-

How Japanese Knotweed has become a nightmare for construction workers

Japanese Knotweed has been a troublesome weed for many many years and can cause untold amounts of damage to home owners and the surrounding areas. It is so destructive that it is not just home owners that fear it. It is becoming a huge problem for the construction industry as well. It really is an unforgiving and merciless weed that will not stop at anything and will destroy everything in its path, even if that is your home.

22nd September-

Don't be fooled just because we are approaching winter...

It is easy to believe that you are safe from Japanese Knotweed in the late autumn/winter months, but sadly this is far from the truth. Although the weed does lie dormant during these months, it is only biding its time and the simple truth of the matter is it will be back, unless it has been professionally removed. This malevolent weed will continue to cause damage even when it appears to be dead and will most likely be lulling you into a false sense of security.

12th September-

How does Japanese Knotweed become so destructive?

It is not a secret that Japanese Knotweed can cause untold amounts of damage to your home, your garden and even your relationship with your neighbours. Although the weed itself is fairly easy to spot in terms of its appearance; at what point does it become so destructive? When should you be calling us, as Japanese Knotweed Specialists in to eradicate it, or is it something that you can keep on top of yourself as long as you catch it early?

20th August-

Special orders are put in place to tackle non-native species.

In June of this year, The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have announced that control orders were being put in place to tackle non-native species. These will form part of the Infrastructure Bill that has been published. It has been proposed that these powers “may be exercised by the Secretary of State, Welsh Ministers, Natural England, Environment Agency, the Forestry Commissioners and the Natural Resources Body for Wales”. The powers that have been proposed now are similar to those that the Scottish Government took in 2011.

13th August-

Are you arguing with your neighbour over Japanese Knotweed?

Japanese Knotweed is an undeniably big problem. The fact that it can cause home owners endless lists of problems that can lead to issues selling if they decide to later down the line, is reason enough to not want this damaging weed growing anywhere near your home. On top of that, there is the structural damage it can cause, as well as the risk of legal action if it is not dealt with properly. Because of this risk, it is only natural that you would want your neighbours to deal with this weed in the same way that you would. However, the problem occurs when they don’t. Read on to determine the best way to resolve a neighbourly dispute over Japanese Knotweed.

29th July-

Knowing what to look out for...and when.

Japanese Knotweed is very distinctive and catching it early is essential to prevent further spreading of the weed. It can cause huge amounts of damage if left untreated and has different appearances throughout the year. This can make it difficult to identify as it can change, however, if you are worried that you might have an infestation of Japanese Knotweed, read below and contact us to come and eradicate it for you.


18th July-

How can we remove Japanese Knotweed from your home?

If Japanese Knotweed is detected early enough, we can come and remove without it causing too much devastation to you home and garden. We appreciate that every case is different and we choose the most effective treatment for each individual case. Japanese Knotweed is such a vicious plant that it does call for professionals to come and eradicate it, otherwise you can end up spreading it further and even find yourself in legal issues.

9th July-

What financial help is available with the removal of Japanese knotweed?

Japanese Knotweed is known to be a big problem that needs to be treated sooner rather than later. It has the potential to cause huge amounts of damage, from underground damage, that’s your drains, sewers and foundations that can all fall prey to Japanese Knotweed; to building and cavity damage, which can result in Japanese Knotweed forcing a wall apart.

20th June -

Why you should leave treatment to the professionals.

Japanese Knotweed can become a huge problem if you have some in your garden. The extensive damage that it can cause to your home and garden is phenomenal. It is understandable that you would want to get rid of it as soon as you saw it appear, but cutting it down has the potential to make it spread even further if it is not done in the correct way. Because of this, we recommend calling professionals to come and deal with the problem, if you want it gone completely.

6th June -

Who are the Japanese Knotweed Specialists?

We know how devastating Japanese Knotweed can be to your home, garden and surrounding areas, which is why we are one of the leading specialists of Japanese Knotweed removal in the country. We have many years’ experience controlling and removing the highly troublesome weed. We do not just stop there however; we also specialise in the control and eradication of other invasive and non-invasive plant including Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam and Ragwort, to name just a few. So who exactly are we?


27th May -

Is it just Japanese Knotweed to look out for?

There are a lot of news reports and information about Japanese Knotweed and the danger that it causes, but are there any other invasive weeds that we should be looking out for? Although, here at Japanese Knotweed Specialists, we specialise in the removal of Japanese Knotweed, it is important to know what the other invasive weeds are and the damage that they can cause to your home and surroundings. This way, you can treat the problem, before it gets too out of control.

13th May -

What is Japanese Knotweed?

Japanese Knotweed is a fast growing problem in the UK. Literally – it can grow as much as twenty centimetres a day! There is a lot of information surrounding the dangers of letting Japanese Knotweed grow, such as the structural damage that it can cause and the legal aspects surrounding it, but less is known about the appearance.


11th April -

Japanese Knotweed in the news…

News reports suggest the Japanese Knotweed is causing house prices to fall, but just how accurate is this? After being introduced to the UK in the Victorian era as an ornamental plant, it has gone on to cause untold amounts of damages, costing the UK economy £150 million each year. Growing at more than a metre a month, it is easy to see why this plant is causing so much destruction. It is imperative to have this weed identified and treated as soon as it appears.

11th March -
How easy is Japanese Knotweed to spot and what damage can it do to your home?

Japanese Knotweed is a huge problem that can get you and your property into a lot of trouble if left untreated. Many news reports suggest that Japanese Knotweed has been the reason behind a number of unsold houses, but just what damage can it cause? And how easy is it to identify if you are not a professional or experienced gardener?

10th Feb -

Japanese Knotweed Specialists – Removal and Treatment.

Plagued by Japanese Knotweed? The answer is simple. Consultants at Japanese Knotweed Specialists are here to help. If left untreated the punishment could be far worse than a garden overrun with weeds.

22nd Jan -

Why you must deal with this unwelcome ground invasion

If plants could make New Year resolutions, it’s easy to imagine that Fallopia Japonica’s would be very simple – “To continue to drive out all other plants and dominate every possible garden or site”. More commonly known as Japanese Knotweed, it is one of the most invasive and damaging plants you might ever imagine even in your most sweat-inducing nightmares!

18th Nov -

The Invasion of Fallopia Japonica
Not as striking as a horror movie perhaps, but Japanese Knotweed, to give it its English name, is a much more frightening prospect. This herbaceous perennial, similar in appearance to bamboo, was first introduced by the Victorians as an ornamental plant. 

25th Oct -

Introducing the most insidious of garden invaders -
It might initially seem to be harmless. In summer it looks quite like the bamboo which provides the staple diet of the giant panda.

25th Sept -

Fallopia Japonica -
Fallopia Japonica, or Japanese Knotweed, was innocently brought to Britain in the 19th century, and was originally used as an ornamental plant.

5th September -

JKWS Sponsor Dogs at Ravenscourt Park Show - The show was a big success and over 500 people attended along with 120 Dogs.

29th June -

The Plant That Could Cost You Your Home - Click to learn more

15th June 2013 -
Leave the control of Japanese knotweed to professionals

Never before has the impact of invasive plants upon our environment been under so much scrutiny and one of the most....

5th June 2013 -

What the The Council of Mortgage Lenders has to say about Japanese Knotweed....


24th May 2013 -

Prosecuted for growing Japanese knotweed

A Londonderry man has pleaded guilty to planting or growing the Japanese knotweed plant in his garden.


7th March 2013 -

JKWS have become 1st and awarded the ‘Tier 1’ supplier by Procurement For Housing

Japanese Knotweed Specialists are delighted to have become 1st and awarded the ‘Tier 1’ nominated supplier by Procurement For Housing for all of England and Wales for the Framework Agreement of the treatment and removal of Japanese Knotweed and other invasive weeds.more...


6th March 2013 -

RICS launches advice for homes blighted by Japanese knotweed

Uncertainty and a lack of information about Japanese knotweed have resulted in many finance experts over estimating the potential impact of the invasive plant on properties, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. more...


25th Feb -

Japanese Knotweed – the British Triffid

The words ‘Japanese Knotweed’ are enough to strike fear into the most experienced of property developers or gardeners with the simple knowledge that tackling this monster of vegetation is never going to be an easy task.more...


24th April 2012-
Land Remediation Relief And Japanese Knotweed

Land Remediation Relief is available to businesses who restore contaminated or derelict land such as former industrial land or brownfield sites.more...


6th Feb 2012-

Japanese Knotweed – Once Desirable, Now Despicable

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, botany was all the rage amongst those who could afford to spend their time wooing over exotic and unusual plants. As they travelled further afield,more...


15th Jan 2012 -
Japanese Knotweed and Mortgages

In recent years, many people have been refused a mortgage on properties where Japanese knotweed has been found. In some cases mortgages have been refused where Japanese knotweed on neighbouring land has been found. more...


27th Oct 2011 -
Source: BBC 27th Oct 2011
Japanese knotweed invasion causes Hertfordshire home price drop
The price of a couple's Hertfordshire house has dropped by more than £250,000 because Japanese knotweed has invaded it, according to an independent surveyor.

3rd Oct 2011 -
Source: CBC: 3rd Oct 2011
Japanese knotweed takes over Halifax parks
Halifax is losing its battle against the Japanese knotweed, an invasive species that is crowding out native plants in many areas of the city


27th May 2010 -

Homeowner denied mortgage after Japanese knotweed discovered
in his garden

Source: Daily Mail online 27th May 2010
A homeowner who tried to remortgage his house had his application turned down – because Japanese knotweed was found in his garden. Dave Williams wanted to borrow £83,000 but surveyors said the weed posed such a risk the building was ‘unsaleable’.


Adam Brindle

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