Invasive bamboo - Knowledgebase Question

Princeton, NJ
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Question by jsalmon
June 28, 2006
What is the best way to kill invasive bamboo growing into a yard?



Answer from NGA
June 28, 2006
There are several ways you can try to control it, but you must be vigilant and keep after it. One method is to mow off the new shoots each time you mow the lawn, this works well if it is growing into a lawn area. Another is to cut them off short and treat each cut end with an herbicide containing glyphosate. (Read and follow the label directions. You may find that a wipe on application method works best if it is coming up among desirable plants or the lawn.) Another way is to dig a trench along the fence line and cut any runners as they come across into the trench. You could also try installing a root barrier, but it needs to be several feet deep and very strong. Finally, it will grow more slowly if not fertilized or watered. Good luck with your project!

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