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Old 11-08-2019, 10:01 AM   #1
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Preventing bamboo from growing back through shed floor?


I am replacing this shed floor with 3/4 inch pressure treated plywood. How do I stop the bamboo from growing through it?
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I would keep spraying roundup or similar on it every other week until nothing grows. After that, being dark underneath ought to keep anything from spreading into the area.
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I would keep spraying roundup or similar on it every other week until nothing grows. After that, being dark underneath ought to keep anything from spreading into the area.
So I wouldn't be able to put the floor back on for several weeks?
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Not without digging up all of the roots, IMO. I could be wrong but I could see the roots sending up shoots for quite a while.
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Not without digging up all of the roots, IMO. I could be wrong but I could see the roots sending up shoots for quite a while.
Yes I was doing some reading and it seems like I will have to dig them up.

By the way, do you think bamboo is strong enough to penetrate 3/4 pressure treated plywood?
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Do you think I should keep this steel frame? In a perfect world what should go under the plywood?
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even concrete not thick enough can have bamboo grow thru it.

https://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Bamboo
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Man....That bamboo is invasive.

We fought it at my daughters home and never won.

It was invading a fence line from a neighbors...I think I tried every chemical I could think of roundup root killer etc.

It just kept coming back....your situation may be a little different in that you can cover the whole bambo area and we could not attempt to kill the neighbors bamboo.

We just had to keep cutting it down/back....luckily my daughter sold that home.

While one would think both the dark and the 3/4 ply would stop it, I'm honestly not sure. Will you have sufficient weight in the shed in case it trys to grow and lift the shed. I would not think it could pierce 3/4 ply with tight joints.
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Man....That bamboo is invasive.

We fought it at my daughters home and never won.

It was invading a fence line from a neighbors...I think I tried every chemical I could think of roundup root killer etc.

It just kept coming back....your situation may be a little different in that you can cover the whole bambo area and we could not attempt to kill the neighbors bamboo.

We just had to keep cutting it down/back....luckily my daughter sold that home.

While one would think both the dark and the 3/4 ply would stop it, I'm honestly not sure. Will you have sufficient weight in the shed in case it trys to grow and lift the shed. I would not think it could pierce 3/4 ply with tight joints.
Bamboo has also overrun the El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico.

I'm putting the house on the market. So that's up to the new owners.

I could dig around the outside perimeter and put a vertical barrier, but I'm not sure I care that much.
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IF you do discover a system/method/material to kill the stuff, do NOT post it here,,, instead, patent it & you'll be a millionaire annually,,, nevertheless, take heart - japanese bamboo is worse,,, at 1 time we used strychnine & vet hypodermic needles,,, it laughed at us

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IF you do discover a system/method/material to kill the stuff, do NOT post it here,,, instead, patent it & you'll be a millionaire annually,,, nevertheless, take heart - japanese bamboo is worse,,, at 1 time we used strychnine & vet hypodermic needles,,, it laughed at us
After doing some digging, I saw that some of it grew underneath from outside in the worst part. So I think I should dig a trench around inside perimeter of the shed and put a rhizome barrier in there.
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I doubt anyone has ever tried wicking both sides of the new growth leaves with a round-up saturated sponge.
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I doubt that would work. Bamboo is some tough MFing stuff.

Only thing that will stop it is a barrier trenched deep enough around the area you want to protect.
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