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Old 05-08-2019, 07:55 AM   #1
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Bamboo Eradication


Can someone verify whether the attached pictures show Bamboo? I know there are several varietals.

They have been planted prior to owning the house as a privacy wall against the woody area. They have recently multiplied quite a bit this spring and has started to take over some of the edges on the lawn.

Has anyone had experience with eliminating them? Any specific herbicide I should be using? Glyphosate or would a home-made Vinegar/Salt solution be effective?

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best of luck in your project !!

as you noticed, it is spreading underground. this is their habit.
depending on where you are in the world, and what poisons you
have access to, will determine your eradication methods.
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Hard to tell for sure but the stem nodes look like bamboo.
This looks like a dwarf variety? Not nearly as much trouble as the full sized varieties.

Bamboo is somewhat resistant to glyphosate but it is resistant to most herbicides as well. It is resistant but not immune. Spray it now, wait a month and see what new shoots come up. Wait long enough for the leaves to fully unfurl since glyphosate is only absorbed through leaves. You will probably need spray 3-4 times through the summer then repeat for a couple of years to completely kill it.
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I would cut them off a convenient length above the ground an _immediately(!)_ paint the shoots with concentrated brush killer. Immediately is important to cause the plant to absorb the erradicator into the root system. Plus you will most likely be doing this more than once to get it all out.
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@stacik84 , I don't think that's bamboo, though it bears a superficial resemblance.

Maybe take a closeup of a leaf? That looks like a "dicot" or broadleafed plant, instead of a grass, which is what bamboo is.

That said, I concur generally with @ChuckTin and @chiraldude about control methods, though a positive ID can help sometimes. Bamboo's big Achilles heel is that it takes a while for it to reestablish after it's been ravaged, and continuing efforts will kill it off. Other plants can be tougher.
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Looks like Japanese knotweed. If so it is very hard to kill. Glyphosate will knock it back but it still might resprout.

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We have found that the only way to curb the spread of bamboo is to drive overlapping steel plates into the ground, at least 24" deep. It keeps the roots from seeking new ground and will contain it in a reasonable area if you should want to grow it for food or for plant supports.
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Doesn't look like any bamboo I've seen in China, Hawaii & California.
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Where are you, in general?
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Every bamboo I've seen has spiky leaves, looking like knife blades.
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Ayuh,...... I don't care what the plant is, hit with Clorox bleach a couple times, 'n it'll DIE,....

Bamboo, ya gotta chase the new shoots for awhile, but it is killable,....
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The best approach depends on what the plant is and the time of the year, spring versus fall. For tough brush I use a herbicide with Triclopyr to kill it and apply it and let it do its work before cutting the brush down. Glyphosate or Roundup is great for killing grasses and poisoning people but not very effective with woody plants.
Buy a brush killer and follow the manufacturer's instructions for safe use.
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@stacik84 , is this your plant?

If so, it's Japanese knotweed. Hope it ain't . . .

Looks like a real terror. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reynoutria_japonica
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Ayuh,...... I don't care what the plant is, hit with Clorox bleach a couple times, 'n it'll DIE,....

Bamboo, ya gotta chase the new shoots for awhile, but it is killable,....
Have to sic you on a rogue Eucalyptus and see if that works.
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