bamboo problem #406072 - Ask Extension


bamboo problem #406072

Asked June 10, 2017, 3:02 PM EDT

We have lots of bamboo in our back yard that we would like to control/ get rid of completely. What can we do?

Prince George's County Maryland

Expert Response

Bamboo is invasive and there are no easy answers.

Bamboo removal 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 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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