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Invasive Weed Removal, Plant Eradication and Control in the South East

As the South East's leading experts in invasive weed removal and plant eradication and control, we specialise in the control, treatment and removal of Japanese Knotweed, Bamboo, Hogweed and many other persistent, invasive weeds.


All of our work is carried out by fully trained staff, qualified to work on land and beside water. Our work is fully insured and guaranteed for your peace of mind.

To book a survey or to discuss your needs, simply call 01483 277222 or 07582 680824

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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a giant weed introduced to Britain by the Victorians as an ornamental plant. It originated in eastern Asia where it thrived on waste ground and on its natural habitat on the side of volcanoes.

Japanese Knotweed grows at a fantastic rate and prevents the healthy growth of native species. However the main problem is its devastating effect on properties, foundations and drains.

Balsam

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is a large annual plant that is native to the Himalayan Mountains. It was introduced to the UK in 1839 and is now a naturalised plant found mainly on riverbanks.

Growing in a dense cluster, Himalayan Balsam prevents native plants from growing by starving them of sunlight and minerals. Himalayan Balsam can leave entire stretches of riverbanks bare during the winter that leaves the area more susceptible to erosion.

 

Bamboo

Bamboos are usually valuable ornamental plants. However, if not kept under control some bamboos can become invasive garden weeds – particularly the types that spread by rhizomes (underground stems).

Bamboo shoots may pop up anywhere in the garden: neighbouring land or even through solid barriers, such as in patios and conservatory floors. 

The problem tends to be with the invasive types of bamboo. These bamboos spread via long rhizomes, which help the plant to colonise new areas.

 

Brambles

Brambles are a common native species, found in many different types of plant communities from woodlands, to heaths and dunes.

These plants are incredibly aggressive. They produce a large amount of above-ground mass which creates a dense shade very quickly and prevents anything from growing. It can very quickly change the ecosystem from being a woodland to open ground.

Hogweed

Giant Hogweed (Heracleum Mantegazzianum) is a close relative to cow parsley, but can reach over 3m (10ft) in height. 

Although an impressive sight when fully grown, giant hogweed is invasive and potentially harmful. Chemicals in the sap can cause photodermatitis or photosensitivity, where the skin becomes very sensitive to sunlight and may suffer blistering, pigmentation and long-lasting scars.

Ivy

Ivy-clad buildings can be attractive and are especially useful in adding interest to a shady spot. However, the ability of ivy (Hedera) to self-cling and grow rapidly can make it nuisance, so control may be necessary.

English Ivy supports itself by aerial roots and where these penetrate cracks or joints they may cause structural damage. 

Its dense cover can hide defects in the fabric of the building and hinder maintenance work. Ivy may also harbour pests such as mice.

Rhododendron

Rhododendron ponticum is native to countries in the western and eastern Mediterranean such as Spain, Portugal and Turkey and also occurs eastwards through Asia into China.
Introduced in 1763, this invasive shrub is now widespread on acid soils .This evergreen shrub is densely branched growing to 5m.
The plant is responsible for the destruction of many native habitats and the abandonment of land throughout the British Isles. The reason for this is simple. Where conditions are suitable, Rhododendron will out compete most native plants. It will grow to many times the height of a person, allowing very little light to penetrate through its thick leaf canopy. This effectively eliminates other competing native plant species which are unable to grow due to insufficient light. This in turn leads to the consequent loss of the associated native animals.

 

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Invasive Weed Removal

Fulmar House,

Mapledrakes Road,

Ewhurst,

Surrey, GU6 7RG 

 

p:  01483 277222

m: 07582 680 824

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