Bamboo as a Weed - Knowledgebase Question

Kansas city, MO
Question by jconn
November 17, 1997
My neighbor has planted bamboo and it is invading my garden and yard. How do I get rid of it? I have tried using Roundup with some success.


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Answer from NGA
November 17, 1997

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Ahh, the question of the ages. Many a neighbor has been plagued by another neighbor's bamboo taking over the community. I have heard such horror stories.....the only real way to get rid of it is to dig, dig, dig. I attended a lecture of a well known horticulturist/author recently who reported he had to dig down 7 feet at his property line and bury sheet metal along the border of his property. Herbicides will work, but only to a limited degree. Bamboo roots go a long way....I would say all the way to China.

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