Eliminating bamboo #310337 - Ask Extension


Eliminating bamboo #310337

Asked March 31, 2016, 2:42 PM EDT

What is the most fool-proof method for eliminating bamboo from our backyard? Our property is on a steep hillside, sloping away fom the house. It is not possible to bring in a backhoe without destroying the trees that we want to keep. Thank you. 

Montgomery County Maryland

Expert Response

This is our third inquiry on how to kill bamboo in just two days.  It's a common problem.  The good news is that it is very possible.  

Here is our website bamboo publication from our "Library", in its Ornamental section.  It explains how to control bamboo on page. 2.  (You can also merely search 'bamboo' on our website.)  http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG28%20Bamboo.pdf

As you'll see, it's simply a question of cutting it down as the correct time, and then applying the correct herbicide at the correct time.  Since this is a horrible, non-native invasive plant, we can only cheer you on!


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