EcoPro offers control of weeds in many situations including waste management, highways, agricultural and amenity land, car parks and business premises.
Apart from keeping sites looking tidy and avoiding potential damage to roadways and buildings, we can help you keep to the law when it comes to key problem weeds.
Our weed control solutions use a range of herbicides to allow a sensitive approach to wildlife and the environment.
Over 90% of complaints that Defra receives about injurious weeds concern Ragwort. Of the four types of Ragwort found in the UK, only Common Ragwort (Senicio Jacobaea) which is subject to control by law.
It is fatally poisonous if ingested by grazing animals. The plant contains alkaloids which are poisonous to horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, dogs and even humans. When found as a threat, this type of Ragwort must be removed and the growth of further plants must be controlled.
If Common Ragwort is not contained, the plant can grow and spread at a rapid rate. Each plant produces up to 150,000 seeds. Each seed can lay dormant for up to 20 years and the germination rate for new plants is 70%. The results can be of epic proportions.
It is not illegal to have Common Ragwort on your land, but if it begins to spread onto neighbouring land you can be prosecuted under the 1959 Weeds Act.
Japanese Knotweed is damaging to countryside and property; it is illegal to cause it to grow into the wild. Because it is not native, pests and diseases that control it naturally are not present in the UK, meaning it grows far larger and stronger than it would in Japan. It is a highly invasive weed which must be tackled.
Without control Japanese Knotweed can grow to up to 10ft tall (3metres) and cause damage to paving, concrete, walls and buildings. As little as 0.7g of rhizome, a piece the size of your little finger nail, can grow into a new plant. Fresh stem material regenerates readily in a soil or water medium.
Look for tall canes, reaching up to 10ft (3 metres), with purple speckling on canes, red/purple shoots and white flowers.
Floating Pennywort is a fast growing weed that is able to grow 200mm a day and now threatens habitats, native plants and the fish and insects within them. It first became a problem on the waterways of the UK in the late 1980s. Initially used as an oxygenating plant, it wasn’t long at all before it spread across this country and parts of Europe.
Floating pennywort has already cost millions to control across Europe and Great Britain. Costs linked to management and the impact on tourism and recreational activities are estimated to exceed £25 million per year. Furthermore, impacts on biodiversity and habitats, through degradation of important wetland ecosystems and competition with native species are equally important, though harder to quantify.
EcoPro has solutions to ragwort, knotweed and other problem weeds. We will tailor a programme to suit the weed profile, site usage and plant life cycle.