Invasive Vegetation Management & Treatment Ltd
December 2021 Newsletter
Everyone at Invasive Vegetation Management & Treatment Ltd would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas & a prosperous New Year!
Michael Alderwick email@example.com Tel: 07836 321219
Please note that our offices close for the Christmas holidays on 23/12/2021 and we reopen on 04/01/2022
Japanese Knotweed is one of a number of invasive plants in the UK that can cause problems to your property.
It is a large clump-forming plant, which can grow up to 3 metres tall with green heart shaped leaves measuring approximately 10-15cm long.
- The stem is bamboo-like, hollow and coloured light green with pink/red speckles.
- No viable seeds are produced in the UK as there are only female plants.
In the summer it produces tiny white flowers.
- It produces thick and extensive roots called rhizomes which are orange in colour. The plant can regenerate from rhizome fragments as small as 0.7 gram and can remain dormant in the soil for over four years making a professional and scientific approach to its eradication vital if 100% success is to be guaranteed.
During winter the plant dies back and leaves tall brown canes but like perennial plants its top growth is renewed each year from the rhizomes.
Why is Japanese Knotweed a Hazard to Protecting & Conserving our Natural Environment?
- Japanese Knotweed is a successful competitor. The foliage forms a dense canopy which restricts the growth and establishment of native species.
- Japanese Knotweed is able to colonize an area by sending out rhizomes. The plant eventually replaces existing vegetation.
The dead foliage stalks persist for 2-3 years producing large quantities of debris.
- Sites designated for wildlife interest can be severely damaged.
Recreation & Landscape
The height to which Japanese Knotweed grows can reduce visibility on roadsides and railways.
- Access for anglers and walkers along river banks is made more difficult through dense stands.
- In urban areas, stands of Knotweed give an untidy and unkempt appearance, trap litter which exacerbates the problem.
In Autumn and Winter when vegetative growth has died back, bare soil is washed away, increasing soil erosion on river banks.
- In times of flooding, dense stands impede flow and exacerbate flooding.
River bank inspection is made more difficult in the Summer.
- Rapidly growing rhizomes and shoots affect the integrity of flood defence structures by breaking flood revetment blocks apart.
- In Autumn or Winter when vegetative growth has died back, bare soil is washed away, increasing soil erosion on river banks.
- Ground and river bank maintenance costs are greatly increased.
- Maintenance by mowing and flailing can result in further spread of plant.
- Japanese Knotweed shoots are able to push up through asphalt, damaging pavements, car parks and other public facilities.
- Rhizomes have been recorded penetrating foundations and other walls, land drainage works and lifting interlocking concrete blocks.
- Damage is not only costly to repair, but will become a recurring expense unless Knotweed is eradicated.
Japanese Knotweed & Mortgages
Invasive Vegetation Management & Treatment Ltd (IVM) can offer a 10 year insured guarantee on any Japanese Knotweed eradication. This guarantee is as a result of direct consultation with the RICS.
Mortgage lenders will expect the presence of Japanese Knotweed to be noted on a residential valuation report. RICS red book guidance requires the valuer to indicate the presence of invasive vegetation. The RICS decided to consult with invasive weed experts and invited input from Japanese Knotweed companies throughout the UK. This resulted in a published information paper early in 2012.
To offer this insurance you have to be audited, scrutinised and prove that your business has expertise, good financial standing, are using appropriately qualified staff, first class customer service and comply with all statutory regulations. When accredited you are also automatically part of the Government endorsed Trustmark Scheme.
Now the good news! Detailed discussion with both the RICS and CML’s have convinced the insurance underwriters that companies accredited to such high standards were of minimal risk and a ten year insured guarantee would be available providing and in support of a 10 year guarantee by the contracting company. It removes one of the obstacles to obtain funding as well as assisting in future sales.
Guide to Japanese Knotweed
If you would like a free copy of our Guide to Japanese Knotweed email firstname.lastname@example.org to request one.
IVM ‘FAST’ System – Foliage & Stem Treatment
A cost effective solution to your invasive vegetation problem has arrived;
Invasive Vegetation Management & Treatment Limited (IVM) will produce a tailor-made program for your site, we work in with your time restraints, budget and ecological issues.
IVM’s flagship methodology, known as the IVM ‘FAST ‘ System (Foliage and Stem Treatment) guarantees treatment of Japanese Knotweed & other invasive species.
This advanced system uses the latest herbicides and application techniques to create a methodology that is cheaper and faster than its rivals.
The ‘FAST’ System uses different herbicides at different times of the year to kill different parts of the plant, in addition to the herbicides, products are applied to improve translocation rates, limit evaporation and assist the herbicide to adhere to the plant.
More information regarding IVM’s treatments, methodology’s and contact details can be found on our website.
Why Choose IVM?
IVM offer tailor made treatment programmes for Japanese Knotweed, Giant Knotweed, Hybrid Knotweed and Giant Hogweed. All treatments undertaken by IVM are guaranteed.
Invasive Vegetation Management & Treatment Ltd (IVM) offer guarantees for Japanese Knotweed (JK) using the latest application techniques and scientific research to ensure successful treatment of Japanese Knotweed, Giant Knotweed and Hybrid Knotweed.
The company has a wealth of experience in the scientific treatment of invasive plants, and can tailor a treatment programme to suit any construction programme. We pride ourselves on their Health and Safety and Environmental awareness, with all operatives trained to high standards and being members of NRoSO, Amenity Assured and the PCA.
We hope our monthly newsletters are useful and keep you connected with information about Japanese Knotweed treatment options together with other invasive weed issues.
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Invasive Vegetation Management & Treatment Ltd
Central Office: 2 Stone Cross, Water Orton, Birmingham, B46 1NA
Tel: 07836 321219 or 0121 366 8916
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