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bambo #131473

Asked June 02, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

how do you get rid of bambo  in my yard

Tarrant County Texas

Expert Response

Some people would say move. LOL

Bamboo looks as though it would be hard to dig out–but it really is not. Bamboo has many horizontal stems close to the surface. All pieces of the shoots and roots grow from this horizontal stem. Remove the stem and the plants will die. Wet the soil every thoroughly the day before. The stems are easier to pull from wet soil.   Cutting bamboo shoots close to the ground, then cutting the re-growth each time it re-grows will eventually kill established plants but this will take years. Success with this method depends on exhausting the food reserves stored in the horizontal stem and roots. The prompt removal of the new shoots every spring is essential. This spring removal will have to be performed many times over a period of many years until there is no more new growth.   Eradication of bamboo can also be accomplished by using the right herbicides: –Sprays that are taken up by the leaves, such as glyphosate will kill the roots by transferring the herbicide to the roots. Glyphosate is available as Roundup, Kleanup, Weed-and-Grass Killer and others. Spray the actively growing leaves in the spring or cut to the canes to the ground and spray re-growth. Carefully read and follow the herbicide directions. Even with these herbicides, repeated treatments will be necessary to completely eradicate established plants.   If this is a cane instead of bamboo, the directions are the same except that the cane removal is actually easier. It will not seem like it as you are doing it but it is!
If you have more questions call Tarrant County Master Gardeners help desk weekdays from 9:00 to 4:00 or email me
Dotty Woodson Replied June 03, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

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