For the most part, a garden is a welcome addition to a house purchase. If the garden is established, it can significantly increase the selling price of the property and make it a tempting target for new buyers. However, one plant in the garden can cause no end of issues and has been known to stop house sales in their tracks. This is the dreaded and infamous Japanese knotweed. It’s usually discovered in a survey. This is the stage near the end of the mortgage process. It is part of the conveyancing section, and it is something that you should know about. Everything you need to know about conveyancing can be more accessible by reading the websites provided by companies like Sam Conveyancing.
From a decorative point of view, Japanese Knotweed is perfect; It was introduced to the British Isles in the 1970’s where it became pretty popular as an ornamental shrub. However, it soon became dominant when left unchecked and started to take over from native species. Worse was to come. It also can root into brickwork and foundations, causing structural damage.
Specialist teams have to be called in to clear it out if it is discovered. At first, a pesticide is used to kill it back, and then large swathes are burnt out to remove it from the soil altogether. If managed correctly, it can be a pretty spectacular plant and a lovely addition to a garden.