The Problems with Bamboo Removal From Commercial Land

As a hardy and fast-growing plant from East Asia, bamboo, also known as Japanese knotweed is renowned for its ornamental qualities. However, commercial property owners face the issue of bamboo encroachment making it extremely difficult to develop unless professionally removed by a qualified bamboo expert. The plant’s underground rhizomes and root systems can exploit structural weaknesses, causing damage to buildings. This can result in expensive legal action being taken against neighbouring properties. There are many types of invasive bamboo species, which can quickly spread and grow on commercial land and development sites. Property owners need to be aware of the types of bamboo and the potential damage they can cause, and consider an effective method of bamboo control. This can be achieved through professional bamboo removal services by using different methods depending on the property and land. It is crucial to take quick action against bamboo encroachment, as the removal process can be costly and time-consuming the bigger the infestation. 

New homes and commercial properties can be developed on bamboo-infested land, however, for a developer to legally do so, the existence of the bamboo should be declared as part of the planning process and a formal plan be in place for the professional removal and management of it.

When buying a new build property potential buyers should always ask the developer in writing if bamboo is or has ever been present as currently developers are not legally required to complete the TA6 form. A TA6 form is part of the legal process when homes or properties in the UK are being sold. This loophole currently allows developers to build and then sell the property to buyers who are then unaware the property has invasive bamboo present. Potential buyers of new builds should protect themselves by asking their solicitor conducting their conveyancing to ask in writing if there is bamboo present and request any information about any history of bamboo on the site.

Varieties of Bamboo Most Likely to Invade Commercial Land

When it comes to bamboo removal from commercial land, knowing the varieties that are most likely to infest the land is crucial. The most common variety that causes problems is running bamboo, known for its ability to quickly establish and spread through its underground rhizomes (roots). It always results in further expansion, causing damage to weak structures or pipework and it can be costly to remove if you don’t catch it quickly. Any person in the UK who allows bamboo to spread to neighbouring property or land as they have not managed and controlled it effectively with a qualified and professional bamboo expert can be liable for legal action from the neighbouring property owner.

Other varieties, such as golden bamboo and black bamboo, are also known to have invasive tendencies. Golden bamboo is a vigorous grower with a large root mass that is difficult to control. Black bamboo also grows quickly and can spread through underground rhizomes that are difficult to remove entirely.

To control the spread of these invasive species, effective methods for removal and control on development and commercial land include vertical root barrier membranes and root barrier systems. These barriers prevent the bamboo rhizomes from spreading beyond the designated area, offering peace of mind to developers that they have managed it as they should do and for potential property owners and neighbouring gardens.

In conclusion, understanding the characteristics and behaviours of different types of bamboo is vital for successful removal and control. If you’re facing a bamboo removal project, you should consult with qualified professionals in bamboo removal services to ensure that the removal process is done correctly and within UK law and guidance.

Signs and Symptoms of an Infestation

A bamboo infestation on commercial land can cause significant development delays which is hugely costly and property damage further down the line if not handled promptly and appropriately. Signs of a bamboo infestation include visible growth above the ground and unseen rhizomes and root systems that can spread out uncontrollably. Bamboo plants are invasive species notorious for their ability to take over land, neighbouring properties, gardens and lawns.

To identify visible bamboo growth, look out for tall canes to ground level with green leaves and culms that appear like bamboo shoots. However, the unseen underground rhizomes and root systems are the primary culprits behind the bamboo spread. They can grow as deep as six feet, making them difficult to spot. You can use a garden spade to dig into the soil surface and check for rhizome systems extending horizontally but you have to be extremely careful as one tiny rhizome can cause it to spread further and in other areas.

The most common species of bamboo that invade commercial land are running bamboo with its long lateral rhizomes and clumping bamboo that spreads out gradually from the centre. Running bamboo is particularly notorious for its invasion of commercial land and properties, initiating legal action against neighbouring gardens and causing damage to weak structures.

In conclusion, early intervention is crucial in controlling a bamboo infestation to prevent property damage. Property owners and developers should always seek professional bamboo removal services to identify the species of bamboo involved and determine the most effective method of management and removal including vertical root barrier membranes and root barriers for peace of mind.

Effective Methods of Removing Bamboo from Commercial Land

Bamboo is an extremely versatile weed and has become popular as an ornamental plant on commercial land. However, bamboo has equally become an invasive species that can quickly grow out of control. Its underground rhizome system can make bamboo challenging to get rid of, which can cause damage to buildings and neighbouring properties. Allowing it to spread and not managing its growth can lead to legal action being taken in the UK. That’s why property owners need an effective method to control and remove bamboo. There are various options available, each with its benefits and drawbacks, depending on the type of bamboo and the scale of the removal project. 

Bamboo, known for its rapid growth and resilience, can be an attractive landscaping choice. However, when left uncontrolled, it has the potential to become invasive and problematic, especially on commercial land. The aggressive spread of bamboo can undermine the integrity of weak structures, disrupt underground utilities, and hinder the growth of other desirable vegetation. Therefore, it is essential to employ effective methods for removing bamboo from commercial land. This article outlines several proven techniques to tackle bamboo infestations and restore the integrity of your land.

1) Stem-Injection

Stem injection with a herbicide suitable for bamboo control is a low-impact method of controlling bamboo over several growing seasons as there is minimal chance of it killing the vegetation growing around it if carried out by a professional. The stem injection method is normally used for smaller infestations of bamboo if there is a watercourse nearby and over several growing seasons. Stem injection is suitable for use in dry or inclement weather conditions, however, the soil must not be disturbed following any treatments. The stems need to be thick enough to be injected so it is not suitable when it is a new growth as the stems will be too small. The stem injection method can be carried out and is most effective from late summer onwards and is best to carry out when the weed is in its flowering stage. Stem injection needs to be carried out over several growing seasons and this makes it problematic if commercial land is being developed and built on.

2) Foliar Spray Application

The Foliar spray method is one of the best control methods to use alongside stem injection over several growing seasons, meaning it is not always the best control and management method for development sites and commercial land. The bamboo is normally sprayed 2-3 times in the first year and once again in the following year. An Environment Agency-approved herbicide is used for both foliar and stem injection methods. It needs dry weather conditions and the soil cannot be disturbed in subsequent years to ensure it works. If there are other plants and flowers growing around the bamboo then a knotweed specialist will often advise against this method as the spray can get onto the vegetation around that you want to keep. This method is also not suitable if the infestation is near a watercourse as the herbicide can run into it resulting in harm to wildlife and pollution which you can be prosecuted for. This method is best carried out in late summer and has the biggest effect when the bamboo is flowering.

3) Weed Wiping Method

Weed-wiping is when a herbicide is wiped onto the leaves of the bamboo. It is a low-impact method which won’t harm the vegetation and there is minimal risk of the chemicals running into a waterway. It is a labour-intensive control method so is often only used for small infestations of bamboo. Weed wiping is used rather than stem injection if the stems of the knotweed are relatively new and aren’t thick enough for the stem injection process.

4) Bund/Stockpiling Method

Bund/Stockpiling is a method that utilises stem injection or foliar application followed by the bamboo and its root being dug up. The whole area of soil must be removed with good parameters and deep enough to ensure all contaminated solid is removed. The soil is then moved to a different location on site (stockpiled) and any ‘new shoots’ are subjected to additional herbicide treatments. The bamboo is then allowed to grow in the stockpile making it ready for the subsequent herbicide treatments. This is a method that only knotweed specialists should do as procedures have to be in place to guarantee the infested soil is not able to spread to other clear areas of the site. This method should only be used on sites, development land or commercial land when the removal of the bamboo needs to be carried out quickly and not over several growing seasons.

5) Cell Burial/Root Barrier Method

The cell burial method is also known as a root barrier system. It is used when there is enough space on a site to create a cell burial or a root barrier system. This method minimises the cost of removal as there are substantial costs to transport infested bamboo soil and waste to a registered landfill. Cell burial buries the bamboo waste to a legal minimum depth, or it can be encapsulated inside a geo-membrane closer to the surface. Root barriers are able to be installed vertically and horizontally to suit the site if there is a risk of cross-boundary contamination. It is a method used on development sites or commercial land when it is important for the ground to be cleared quickly and construction started. Again, this method of removal should only be carried out by a knotweed/bamboo qualified specialist.

6) Excavation & Removal Off-Site

Removal off-site and evacuation is a method used when quick removal and control is required which means it is a method used by knotweed specialists for development sites and commercial land. However, there are many specialists who will only use this method as a last option due to the significant logistical challenges and high costs associated with transporting the contaminated soil to a registered landfill site. This method also carries a higher risk of the bamboo spreading. There is also significant duty of care requirements under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990 when carrying out this method. Excavation & Removal should only be used as an absolute last resort by an experienced and qualified knotweed specialist.

In Conclusion: Removing bamboo from commercial land requires a systematic approach and careful consideration of the extent of the infestation. Depending on the size and severity of the bamboo problem some of these methods will be the most effective ways for restoring the integrity of the land. It is advisable to consult with professionals experienced in bamboo removal to determine the most suitable approach for your specific situation. By employing these effective methods, you can successfully remove and control bamboo on your commercial land or development site.

Utilising a Professional Removal Service

Bamboo Removal From Commercial LandWhen it comes to removing bamboo from commercial land, hiring a professional bamboo removal process is essential. Accredited experts have the necessary knowledge and experience to identify different species of bamboo and assess the most effective method to remove this invasive plant with strong and fast-growing bamboo roots. Without proper identification, removal efforts can cause damage to neighbouring properties, disrupt underground systems and cause legal action to be taken against the property owner.

Professional removal services offer numerous advantages, including full eradication of all bamboo canes and underground rhizomes (bamboo roots). This ensures that energy reserves within the root ball are depleted, preventing any further growth. Accredited experts also utilize effective methods such as vertical root barrier membranes and root barriers to prevent any future bamboo encroachment.

Attempting to remove bamboo without professional assistance can result in soil surface damage and it will be highly likely the bamboo will spread, even resulting in legal action from neighbours. It’s vital to hire accredited experts who understand the risks associated with removal and have years of experience in handling the weed and the process.

In conclusion, utilising a professional removal and management service for bamboo and bamboo roots removal from commercial land provides peace of mind, ensuring that all species of bamboo are identified and removed and that the removal process is performed with minimal risk of it spreading. Trusting accredited experts for bamboo removal services is the most effective, efficient, and safe way to get the job done. All professional bamboo experts will give you a 10-year Insurance Backed Guarantee (IBG) if the knotweed regrows so always check this before you proceed with any service.

About Green Leaf Remediation & Removal & Garden Services

Our Japanese Knotweed/Bamboo treatment and removal services are available throughout the whole of the South West. We provide methods of control and removal to domestic properties, businesses, commercial land and housing & commercial developments.

We certified Japanese Knotweed Management Plan (JKMP) Surveyors and will provide you with a detailed document to demonstrate how we will use the appropriate method of bamboo treatment for your property or site to control or remove the knotweed/bamboo. A JKMP details information in regard to the severity of the infestation, a summary of the control methods viable, an assessment of the risks associated with each control method and sound advice on biosecurity. The site is visited annually and the JKMP is updated following any further advice and treatment.

West Country Knotweed/Bamboo Removal provides JKMPs for residential properties, commercial land and building development sites that are subject to planning permission for development projects. A JKMP is normally required if you are applying for a mortgage where there is evidence of Japanese Knotweed before a lender will agree to a mortgage.

Green Leaf Remediation’s JKMPs are always complemented with a 10-year Insurance Backed Guarantee (IBG). The JKMP stays with the property, so if the property is sold it is then handed to the new owner.

If you need Bamboo Removal From Commercial Land then contact us today at 07531 142316 or 0117 321 7799 to arrange your no-obligation site survey. Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form here.

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