Japanese Knotweed – Do You Know What to Look For?

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed – Do You Know What to Look For?

Japanese knotweed has hit the headlines again this week. This time it’s good news – there are indications that mortgage companies are being overly cautious in their approach to lending on homes affected by the plant.

However, experts agree that thanks to its invasive and damaging nature, and the huge challenges involved in removing it, knotweed can still be a cause for concern.

Finding knotweed early, before it spreads and damages buildings and pipework, can save substantial amounts of time and money. With this in mind, we’ve produced a handy guide to checking your property for Japanese knotweed.

Japanese knotweed is easiest to spot in the spring and summer, when it’s growing rapidly. Hollow stems and shovel- or heart-shaped leaves that alternate along the stem in a zig-sag pattern are key giveaways. In the winter months it’s much harder to identify the plant, but a dense collection of bamboo-like shoots can indicate that Japanese knotweed has died back or been cut back.

Japanese knotweed guide
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