Now that the weather is warming up a little (although we’re not entirely convinced that the cold weather is completely done with us just yet), your thoughts may well be turning to sprucing up your outdoor living spaces and getting some fresh air at the same time.

But if you’re not especially green-fingered, it can be hard to tell the difference between beautiful plant and annoying weed – and it’s possible that you might have a Japanese knotweed infestation, which could really get in the way of you creating the garden of your dreams.

This is a weed that can spread incredibly rapidly and which will suppress all other plant growth if given half the chance, so if you do have it at home you’ll want to arrange for a Cambridge garden clearance company to come round and help you sort it out.

It’s very difficult to remove by hand or eradicate using chemicals, so while you may want to tackle it yourself chances are that you will need a bit of helping clearing your garden out.

According to the Royal Horticultural Society, anyone selling a house is required to state whether this weed is present on the property. It’s your responsibility to check the garden for Japanese knotweed.

While it’s not illegal to have the weed in your garden, you’ll need to do all you can to control it and prevent it from becoming a problem in your local area. It’s also considered controlled waste under the Environmental Act, so you’ll need to dispose of it at licensed landfill sites. Whatever you do, do not put it in your green garden waste bin!