The Q&A Archives: Removing Bambo from my garden?

Question: There is a small patch of Bamboo (10x20 ft) in the corner of my newly landscaped garden that has suddenly started to spread from a neighbors yard to mine! I need to find a landscape contractor who can remove the roots coming into my garden and build a barrier to stop it. Can you helP?

Answer: Bamboo is very difficult to eradicate. You can try digging it out however the roots or rhizones on a running bamboo tend to be deep and have strong reserves so they can continue to sprout repeatedly. Mowing it frequently to cut off new shoots before they can grow tall is one way to begin to contain it. This works best when it adjoins a mowed lawn area. You may also be able to cut it off at ground level and paint the cut ends with an herbicide containing glyphosate, read and follow the label instructions. A barrier would need to be roughly three feet deep and very sturdy, it should be angled wider away at the top so that any roots are deflected upward toward the surface where they can be cut off when they sprout. Good luck with your (neighbor's) bamboo.

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