Asked June 21, 2017, 7:22 PM EDT
Baltimore County Maryland
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 http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG28%20Bamboo.pdf
How do I find someone to take out the bamboo without spending a fortune?
The bamboo is also spreading very rapidly into the relatively new sedimentation cachement area next door to my yard. It has spread over 30 feet into the drainage area in the last year and is rapidly going to compromise this space.