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How to completely remove bamboo from yard?

Rawns
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How to completely remove bamboo from yard?

I have cut down two of the bamboo clumps (I believe this is clumping bamboo) and cut down half of the other. I am applying Roundup on the leaves and new shoots. Is there a quicker way to rid myself of this problem...it's been planted adjacent to my swimming pool!IMG_1085.jpgIMG_1082.jpgIMG_1083.jpgIMG_1084.jpg

Community Manager Jason
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Re: How to completely remove bamboo from yard?

@Noelle 

 

Would you simply recommend a shovel and a lot of perseverance?

 

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Noelle
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Re: How to completely remove bamboo from yard?

Hi Rawns & Jason

You are on the right track, Rawns, but using glyphosate-based herbicides on the leaves is not optimal. If you wish to poison the bamboo, then it is best applied to the freshly cut stumps/subs of stems so it is quickly absorbed and circulated to the roots.
Bamboo has the ability to seal over within 30 minutes or so of stems being cut so the approach should be: Mix up a solution of 50:50 glyphosate concentrate and water; cut a bamboo stem off and immediately paint the stub with the solution. Repeat with each stem. Adopt the same approach with new shoots - cut one off and paint with herbicide immediately. Do not store the 50% glyphosate solution for any length of time because it degrades rapidly after dilution. It should be used within 48 hours of mixing with water.
Jason's suggestion of a shovel and lots of digging is also workable but you must remove every single root or piece thereof - bamboo is very resilient and will shoot from the tiniest bit of root or stolon left behind.
Whichever method you choose, perseverance is key to the successful eradication of bamboo!
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Rawns
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Re: How to completely remove bamboo from yard?

Thanks...I did not know that about Glyphosate.

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Community Manager Jason
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Re: How to completely remove bamboo from yard?

Fantastic advice as always @Noelle. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and amazing knowledge with us.

 

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Renan
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Re: How to completely remove bamboo from yard?

Hi all,

I’m new to this community and found it via Bunnings. Regarding the advice given by @Noelle - would it also work to control growth without actually killing the more mature bamboo? I’ve moved to a house where the previous owner used bamboo for privacy around the backyard fence. But given that I’ve never dealt with bamboo before, I’m unsure how to ensure it doesn’t expand too much.

If I simply cut the culms, my understanding is that it won’t regrow but I don’t like the look of a cut culm on the ground. Would I be able to follow the above procedure to remove the new shoots completely (to just cutting them?)

Thanks.

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Community Manager Jason
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Re: How to completely remove bamboo from yard?

Hi @Renan,


Great to have you join us. I'm sure that you will find this is a very helpful and inspiring online community full of great ideas and information. We are looking forward to reading more about your projects and plans. 

 

Hopefully Noelle or other members will be able to get back to you soon with some advice about dealing with your bamboo. 

 

Thanks,

 

Jason

 

 

 

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Noelle
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Re: How to completely remove bamboo from yard?

Hi @Renan 

The cut culms will not regrow but cutting them will encourage the underground rhizomes to send up even more new shoots. Restricting the bamboo screen is best done by regularly cutting out mature stems and allowing young ones to grow up to replace them. This process will ensure the screen will not become too dense and will be regularly rejuvenated, so you never end up with old bamboo that dies out or breaks off.

Treating cut culms with glyphosate will impact on mature bamboo - it is absorbed and translocated throughout the entire plant.

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