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Bamboo & Sumac #405579

Asked June 08, 2017, 11:51 AM EDT

what is the best way to eliminate bamboo and sumac? I have quite a large area of bamboo. The sumac keeps popping up everywhere and when I cut it down it sends up 10 times more shoots.

Howard County Maryland

Expert Response

Here in the control information on bamboo (Note that it's important  to cut and spray at specific times of the year and to use a specific herbicide.):

Sumac is not usually a problem plant. Your description of your plant's behavior sounds just like Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus). We suspect that is what you are battling. Please take a look at this information about killing Tree of Heaven, which is a highly invasive non-native plant: https://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/aial1.htm
You can also search it and look at more images online. 

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