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Old 04-10-2011, 02:19 PM   #1
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How do I prevent bamboo from coming into my backyard


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Old 04-10-2011, 10:43 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by NJGardner View Post
How do I prevent bamboo from coming into my backyard
Just kidding...bamboo eradication is tough, but doable. Your gonna need a shovel and lots of elbow grease.
If it's coming from a neighbor's yard, you need to dig down along the fence, wall, whatever, until you are below the last bamboo root. Go a little more. Place an impermeable barrier(not landscape fabric or plastic...think tin or metal, along the side of your excavation and backfill. make sure your trench extends well past the ends of the visible plant on the other side. Bamboo roots grow quickly, and can run underground for several yards from any visible growth. Bamboo is quite invasive. In your yard, dig out any and all roots, shoots, corms, and anything else you find. Be vigilant...the smallest shoot can turn into another invasion really fast.
Good luck...It took me years to get rid of an invasion from a neighbors 'Tea Garden'



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Will Roundup kill bamboo?
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:17 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Mike in Arkansas View Post
Will Roundup kill bamboo?
Interesting question but I doubt it. You could call the folks at Monsanto and ask them.

I agree it is really just going to take diligence and hard work. I used to plant a lot of bamboo as a landscape designer but was always mindful of the type I was specifying and how fast it can get away from people. It is like Kudzu.

I had good luck planting stands of it inside deep PVC drain pipes so they could not spread. If you were sure you got everything creeping on your property, you could try trenching down and pouring a concrete barrier wall.
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The idiot who owned my house before me planted bamboo and did very little to control it. I have spent a year and a half going after it with a hatchet, pick-axe and a back hoe - and I am still regularly pulling up huge 'cable' roots out of the front yard that somehow escaped the sweeps. I can imagine few other things as destructive to landscaping as unregulated bamboo. If I were in your shoes I would be almost certainly pouring a concrete wall under the property line.
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