The fact that Japanese knotweed does not stop spreading once it takes over an area means that the early you take action to stop its growth the better. To ensure complete eradication, you must deal with the foliage of the weed plant together with its tenacious root system all at once.

This is why you need a proper Japanese knotweed treatment plan revealed to help you in forecasting the extent of the infestation, the tactics to be used and above all the time frame it will take to control and eliminate the weed plant.

Treatment Plan to resolve the infestation of Japanese knotweed
Treatment Plan revealed to resolve the infestation of Japanese knotweed

What are the factors that affect the cost of the Japanese knotweed treatment plan?

Area/size of the land

Fundamentally, the area of the land affected is the key factor that contributes to assessing the cost of a treatment plan. This is to say; the bigger the area the higher the costs one will have to bear and the reverse is true.

Any infestation of the Japanese knotweed in an area is not to be taken lightly, hence, no matter the cost of the Japanese knotweed treatment plan, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Treatment program

Another factor that influences the cost of the Japanese knotweed treatment plan is the treatment program; whether chemical or physical that will be suitable for your type of infestation.

For instance, where it is deemed fit to use weed killer herbicides on the weed plant, this can lead to higher costs because the products may have to be purchased more than once taking into account that the weeds may take two to four seasons to be completely eradicated.

Equally, physical methods of removal of the Japanese knotweed such as excavation will attract higher costs as compared to a method such as burying the weed plant.

Response time

The response time is the duration that a specified method takes to have a complete effect on the Japanese knotweed such that removal and eradication are imminent.

It is no secret that certain methods such as the use of chemicals may take a shorter time to act on the weed plant as compared to methods such as the use of barrier membranes. In a nutshell, the quicker the response time of a chosen method, the less the amount of money you will use.

What Does A Japanese Treatment Plan Contain?

For a treatment plan to be effective, the following section highlights some of the key features that it must shed light on:

Survey of the infestation of the Japanese knotweed 

Knowing the area/size of the property that is infested by the weed plant is very important for the reason that it will help in informing the decisions on the methods that will best suit the eradication of the weed plant and also, the financial and human resources that will be required to see through the whole plan.

The survey is also important because it will help you plan for the future in the event that the weed plant is deemed to be persistent. A Survey of the infestation of the weed plant in your land should be done by professionals that will not leave anything to chance.

Protective measures

Occasionally, the use of certain methods such as weed killers to get rid of Japanese knotweed may have adverse effects on the surrounding environment and even human activities.

For instance, where there is a water body or public water supply system, it is forbidden to use herbicides close to such areas without putting in place enough protective measures to ensure the water is not contaminated.

Equally, where the treatment will be around a residential area, it is important to ensure that children and pets within such an area are protected from coming into contact with any herbicides to be used or any danger that may be caused as a result of action taken towards eradication of the weed plant.

Some of the protective measures include placing warning signs about the ongoing treatment of an infested area. This will inform the general public of the exercise and they will be able to keep it off the site.

Additionally, protective covers can be placed along river banks or any water body close to the area that is to be subjected to treatment, the covers will prevent any chemicals from being washed into the water and causing contamination.

Methods of control

Different infestations require different approaches to treat and get rid of the Japanese knotweed completely. The chosen method of control is key towards the full eradication of this highly invasive weed plant there is a need to consider this factor in the Japanese knotweed treatment plan.

Once the experts have surveyed your property, they will recommend the best-suited method to apply to get the best results. This aspect allows for proper management planning as the concerned professionals will be able to have foresight as to the resources that will be channelled towards the plan to its very end.


Getting rid of Japanese knotweed is not a one-man effort hence, both the affected persons’ and the company contracted to get rid of the weed plant have important roles to play to guarantee the full removal of the weeds.

It is the responsibility of the professional service providers to ensure that enough resources and manpower is set aside for the elimination of the weed plant. Equally, they must comply with any written legislation as regards the removal and disposal of the weed plant.

Also, where the approach chosen for the eradication of the weed plant proves to be ineffective, they must bear the responsibility of coming up with a better method to help you eradicate the weed plant.

On the part of the affected persons, some of the things you must be responsible for include; keeping off animals and children from the areas of treatment, avoiding interferences with any ongoing treatment strategies, avoiding planting any vegetation in an area that has not been completely cleared of the weed plant, avoiding the spread of the soil or weed plant to your neighbour’s property and ensure that all monies required for the treatment plan are paid early in advance to avoid delays in eradicating the weed plant.

Spraying knotweed as part of a designated treatment plan revealed to eliminate it
Spraying knotweed as part of a designated treatment plan to eliminate it

Want to know more about developing a Japanese knotweed treatment plan?

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Governmental advice can be found here and the UK law covering the removal of Japanese Knotweed as stated under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 can be found here.

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