Bamboo pest - Knowledgebase Question

riverside, Ca
Question by franca1
February 6, 2009
My neighbor insists on growing bamboo along our fence. The lateral roots are clogging the ground about 5 feet inside my garden, even though I kill every shoot that tries to grow there. How can I kill the roots without killing his trees -- since he would probably sue me. Yes, I have told him the roots are creating a problem and he just shrugs.

Answer from NGA
February 6, 2009


Rather than try to kill the roots with chemicals, which might travel back to your neighbor's plants, you may want to construct a barrier along your property line. You should be able to sever the roots on your side of the property line (and remove them from your yard) and then either pour a concrete barrier by digging a deep trench and filling it with concrete, or use galvanized metal sheets to create a barrier. It won't be easy to remove the roots of the bamboo, but diligence will give you back your 5' of yard and a barrier should keep the roots of his bamboo on his side of the property line. You may even want to rent a rototiller to make the digging easier. Best wishes with your project!

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