Prevention

The long term and costly damage that untreated weeds can cause can be significant to any business. Below we provide more detail on specific problems which can be prevented with planned measured of control. We also have a special section on Japanese Knotweed Control Options

Industrial and Amenities

Weeds can destroy surfaces which then need expensive remedial work. Weeds that are left untreated lead to footpaths, pavements and roads breaking up, which not only looks unsightly but can also be dangerous to pedestrians and drivers. Uncontrolled vegetation can inhibit views at such places as crossroads, roundabouts etc., increasing the chance of an accident. Uncontrolled weeds can impede water drainage leading to flooding.

Railways

One of the most important reasons for removal of weeds from railway lines and embankments is to retain the quality of the track and to ensure safe railway traffic. The ballast can become clogged by weeds and decaying plant residues. If this happens, water becomes trapped rather than draining away, and during the winter, this water will freeze to ice and swell, causing dislocation of the track.

Weeds on railway tracks can also impede the work of track maintenance employees. The risk of accidents caused by stumbling or slipping on weeds is obvious and may have fatal consequences. Another reason for weed removal is the risk of train wheels skidding, causing longer acceleration distances and, more seriously, extended braking distances, which could result in the train being unable to stop at signals.

If weeds on the railway embankment become dry during the summer, there is always a risk of fire caused by sparks from the wheels.

Managing Invasive Weeds

The threat from invasive and noxious weeds is a major environmental challenge. Species such as Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam are overwhelming native species in delicate habitats, damaging vital structures and spreading out of control. Giant Hogweed is a serious toxic hazard to human health, while Ragwort poses a threat to horses and livestock. Japanese Knotweed is proving to be one of the most pernicious non-native species, with an estimated clean-up bill in excess of £1.56 billion. Weedfree can help you with a range of options to manage areas that are covered with these and other invasive and toxic plants.