Invasive species of plants are a green-fingered enthusiast's worst nightmare! Here in the UK we commonly encounter three main species of invasive plant, these are; Japanese knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan balsam. These invasive plants all bring with them a plethora of issues, but in our opinion, the one you need to be most concerned about is Japanese knotweed. 

Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant that originates in Eastern Asia. It made its way over to Britain and began terrorising our gardens during the early nineteenth-century, and it wasn't long before we realised it could cause physical damage to walls, houses and other structures.

To prevent Japanese knotweed from spreading, it's important that you get the help of a licensed Japanese knotweed removal company. Tayor Weed Control, our sister company, offers free surveys and comprehensive Japanese knotweed treatment plans to assess, remove and monitor the problem before it causes any significant damage to your property.

Removing other 'invasive' weeds

While not 'technically' considered invasive weeds, it can be argued that pretty much any weed you come across in your garden is an invasive nuisance! Garden weeds pop up in all kinds of places we don't want them, on the driveway, between the patio slabs, in the drainpipe (the list goes on..) 

Did you know that, besides making your lawn look beautiful, we also offer a weed control service that will eradicate all manner of weeds, so they can't invade any other areas of your garden!

Some of the weeds we most commonly treat include:

  • Dandelions
  • Nettles
  • Buttercups
  • Bindweed
  • Ragwort
  • and many more!

We use herbicides that you can't buy commercially to kill your weeds safely and efficiently, with most of your weeds decomposing within 14 days of treatment. 

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Has your garden goten a little out of hand? Perhaps you've been away on holiday for a few months, suffered an injury that's kept you indoors or you're sorting out the home of a relative who's passed away? Whatever the reason, if you can no longer see the wood for the trees in the garden overgrowth, it's time to consider a complete garden clearance. 

Wild Weeds

It's safe to say that, given the opportunity, weeds will appear in almost any place. Between the cracks in your paving, scaling the walls of your home and in amongst the grass - they really can survive just about anywhere. Even if you're a keen gardener, you'll know that tackling weeds is a constant struggle, so it's no surprise that an unkempt garden is likely to be inundated with weeds. Fear not, part of our garden clearance service is treating the wild weeds. Find out more about our weed control service here:

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Forest of Fungus

The longer a garden is neglected, the higher the chances that a serious fungus problem will develop! Dark areas of wild undergrowth and a bit of surface moisture create the perfect conditions for fungus to thrive, and why some wild mushrooms can be rather pretty, some can be incredibly dangerous, especially if you have pets! As part of our garden clearance service, we will locate, identify and irradicate any fungal friends lurking in your lawn. 

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Infestation Eradication 

For a complete garden clearance, we can eradicate any unwanted pests that have popped up amongst the overgrowth. Whether a nest of ants, a cluster of chafer grubs, an army of moles or a swarm of insects have made their way into your garden, we will make sure that every last one is removed during your garden clearance. This gives you garden the best chances of recovering fully. Say bye-bye to molehills, ant nests and chafer grubs for good!

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Our garden clearance service is an excellent option if you want a fresh start with your neglected garden, and will put you on the right path towards a glorious garden.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have a garden that needs clearing and we will do our best to accommodate you! Call us on 0800 111 4958 or fill in our enquiry form today:

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If you own horses or are involved in the day-to-day running of a paddock, you’re probably aware of the dangers of ragwort. If not, it’s about time you became aware – it can be fatal!

In the UK, the most common form of horse poisoning is due to ragwort ingestion. As such, it’s one perilous plant you won’t want to have on your land.

Find out about the dangers of ragwort and, more importantly, how to protect your horses from this deadly weed now as we get to the root of the problem in this blog.

 

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Ragwort and Horses

Also known as Senecio jacobea, ragwort is a common weed that crops up from early spring, characterised by bright yellow flowers with ragged edges.

Ragwort to horses is like chocolate to dogs: ragwort is toxic to horses and can have a quick and debilitating effect on a horse’s health.

The results of ragwort poisoning in horses can be spotted early due to weight loss, even if the horse is eating normally.

Ragwort attacks the horse’s liver and can cause the horse to go blind if not treated. This can eventually result in collapse and even death.

What’s more, under the Animal Welfare Act, landowners can face hefty fines and even imprisonment if they allow ragwort to grow on grazing areas.

 

Ragwort Spraying

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we can keep your land clear of ragwort efficiently and effectively, helping you to keep your horses fit and healthy.

Our comprehensive weed spraying service doesn’t just eradicate the visible portion of the weed, we tackle the weed right down to the ground and beyond.

Using specialist weed control products that aren’t readily available to the general public, our team of weed removal experts are fully equipped to handle any ragwort worries you may have.

Better still, our treatment methods can not only kill and remove the ragwort from your property, but it can also improve the quality of the grazing area, controlling other weeds at the same time, leaving your just grass and clover for a hearty horsey mealtime.

What are you waiting for? Eliminate your ragwort problem today and give your horses fifty shades of graze that won’t leave you having a mare.

 

For more information on ragwort control and equestrian paddock spraying, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or click the button below to request a FREE survey today!

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Did you know that all products used to protect plants in your garden must be authorised by the Chemicals Regulations Directorate? It’s true!

Each product must go through a strict testing process prior to hitting the shelves, ensuring that all pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are safe and won’t cause damage to the environment.

This applies to all plant protection products (PPPs), including those used to control weeds; however, it’s not the only bit of red tape to be found when it comes to weed control.

There are also a variety of laws and legislations when it comes to the actual use of pesticides and weed killers too – particularly when it comes to professional weed services.

To keep you in the know and out of trouble, here’s the ins and outs of the whacky world of weed control.

 

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For Your Ivy Only

If you fancy yourself as a regular James Bond of the backyard, fending off the spectre of weeds before they ravage your garden can be a great way to ensure the longevity of your lawn.

Luckily, you don’t need a licence to kill if you are tending to unwanted weeds on your own property. In fact, such odd jobs can help save your grass from the jaws of death.

However, when it comes to hiring a professional that charges for such a service, whoever is providing that service is going to need a valid weed killer licence to do so.

Even some professional-grade weed killer products come with a requirement for a professional applicators licence, so take care when ordering weed killer online.

 

The Spray Who Loved Me

Weed removal services will need to be carried out by professionals that are qualified to do so. Commercial use of professional weed killer without a weed killer licence can result in prosecution.

The recognised industry qualification is the NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides (aka PA1 and PA6).

The course itself typically involves two units: one theory and one practical. The completed course provides the individual with a lifetime qualification that allows them to safely use pesticides in public places.

The PA1 foundation unit is the theory side, covering legislation, health and safety requirements, precautions, product label information, safe handling and use of pesticide application.

The PA6A is the practical side, covering the manual handling and safe use of pesticides using knapsack sprayers. Additionally, completion of the PA6AW assessment allows you to apply pesticides near water.

 

The Weed Is Not Enough

When dealing with professional weed services, you may come across the term “grandfather rights”. This is in reference to a loophole that allowed those born before 31 December 1964 the ability to apply professional crop protection without a weed killer licence on their own or employer’s land.

However, the so-called “grandfather rights” exemption came to an end on 26 November 2015, with further implications coming into effect on 1 January 2019. As a result, all weed removal professionals need an individual licence to use weed killer commercially.

 

Dig Another Day

If you’re looking for professional weed services from a fully-qualified provider you can trust, look no further. Lawn & Weed Expert are, as the name suggests, experts in weed removal and are more than up for any garden challenge you want to throw our way.

With over 20 years’ experience, we know a thing or two about lawn care. Save yourself the hassle and let us do the groundwork for you. You won’t be disappointed with the results!

 

For more information on weed removal or the weed services we provide, call now on 0800 111 4958. Alternatively, drop us an email using the button below and request a FREE lawn survey today!

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For those of you trying to maintain a beautiful lawn and garden, garden weeds are a huge problem that can be difficult to get rid of. There are hundreds of different kinds of weeds that can crop up in your garden, from grassy weeds that grow within your lawn, to broadleaf weeds and vines. We have all kinds of weeds that are commonly found across the UK. But which weeds are the most common in our UK gardens?

Dandelion (Taraxacum)

Dandelions are a common type of weed that pop up in lawns and fields nationwide. They have distinctive yellow flowers which dry out in the summer months to form the iconic spherical seed heads we associate with dandelions. These seeds are dispersed by the wind and travel to nearby lawns and fields, which is why they are one of the most common weeds in our gardens across the UK! You are likely to see dandelions appearing in your garden between March and November.

Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)

These low growing weeds have incredibly fibrous, robust roots which makes them hard to eradicate. They are identified by their bright yellow flowers and furry stems and leaves. Creeping Buttercups prefer lawns and fields with particularly wet soil, so you often find them in ditches and waterlogged fields. You are likely to see them most during spring and the late summer months.

Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica)

This weed is incredibly fast growing and deep-rooted, it causes a lot of problems for homeowners across the UK. Japanese Knotweed can be identified by its reddish-purple fleshy shoots, dense bamboo-like stems and flat, green, heart-shaped leaves. Its large network of underground roots makes getting rid of this weed incredibly difficult.  

Having Japanese knotweed around your home can cause you significant problems, especially if you plan to sell your home in the near future. If you’re concerned that you may have Japanese knotweed outside your property, contact our sister company Taylor Weed Control – the Japanese knotweed removal specialists. They will help you eradicate this common garden weed before it has a chance to cause any lasting damage!

Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

Ribwort plantain is an incredibly resilient weed that can appear in your garden anytime during the year. It is identified by its brown, oval-shaped flower heads with protruding white stamens. The reason it is such a prevalent weed in our UK gardens is that it can live in a vast array of conditions - tolerating environments similar to a rainforest and incredibly dry soils too . Here in the UK our weather changes so frequently it can feel like a rainforest one day and a desert the next!  

Birds-Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

This perennial lawn weed is a member of the clover family (although we're not sure it has the same good luck charm). It has slowly crept its way into gardens all over the UK, causing a real problem! Much like Japanese knotweed, this common garden weed has a robust, deep root system and spreads both above and below ground level making it difficult to remove.

As you can see, birds-foot trefoil has bright yellow flowers that bloom between April and September. Although this is a pretty weed, we know it can still cause you a lot of problems, so don't hesitate to get in touch if you've spotted it in your garden!

If you are currently experiencing a problem with any of these common garden weeds – Lawn & Weed Expert can offer professional, effective treatment that will make your lawn and garden weed-free again in no time! Find out more about our effective weed control treatments by clicking the button below:

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