Laws on cutting bamboo? #487150 - Ask Extension


Laws on cutting bamboo? #487150

Asked September 26, 2018, 2:00 PM EDT

I live in maryland in condo that has shared backyards aside from patio and porch, theres a bamboo bunch of bamboo growing in the shared backyards, and I wanted to know if there were laws against cutting it, and if I was allowed to cut some down.

Prince George's County Maryland

Expert Response

Bamboo is a nonnative invasive plant in Maryland (and the U.S.) and it would be a great benefit if you destroyed it.  There are no laws against eliminating bamboo.  

It has a tremendous root system, so it takes a campaign to kill it. Here's the technique:
Sometimes people need to completely eliminate an existing stand of bamboo. Selective lawn weed killers will not control bamboo since they are designed to kill only broadleaf plants, not grass. Therefore, a non-selective herbicide must be used.  You will also need a herbicide that is "systemic", i.e. it will move through the system of the plant, down to kill the roots.
To kill it, 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 (ie: Round-up or Kleen-up) at the 2% rate. Repeat the application in 14 days. Be careful to protect non-target plants from any over spray.

 It may take more than one year to eliminate it for good, but it is worth being persistent.  It will never stop spreading on its own.


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