Bamboo Removal Forever #245342 - Ask Extension


Bamboo Removal Forever #245342

Asked May 18, 2015, 1:43 PM EDT

The bamboo plants in our backyard become a nuisance to us . Could you please let us know how to get rid of them forever? Thanks! Best Regards!

Montgomery County Maryland

Expert Response

Bamboo removal is not an easy undertaking.  This is a two step process. Cut all the stalks to the ground and allow the new growth to emerge and develop leaves during the summer. In October spray the mature foliage with a non-selective systemic herbicide containing glyphosate. (There are some glyphosate products labeled for bamboo). Repeat the application in 14 days. Follow all label directions and be careful to protect non-target plants from any over spray." This may need to be repeated for several seasons.  Bamboo is semi-evergreen and has a waxy coating on the stems and leaves so a surfactant (helps the herbicide stick to the leaves) is advisable. If any bamboo is left alive, it will return. See our bamboo publication


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