The Q&A Archives: how do i get rid of running bamboo

Question: i have a area of 10 by 8 of running bamboo, and it spreading. i want to get rid of it all. treated with weed killer, vinegar,cover with black plastic weed block. it's still trying to grow. please advise thanks marilyn

Answer: As you have discovered, any roots remaining in the soil have the potential to grow into a new bamboo plant. While vegetation killers such as Round Up and Brush B Gone can kill the tops and the roots of plants to which it is applied, there will always be roots without tops, just waiting underground for a chance to pop up. You can dig every last root out or you can diligently cut off every sprout you see, before they produce leaves. If you do this you will eventually starve the roots (no leaves, no photosynthesis) and you'll be rid of the bamboo. Wish there were an easier solution!

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Lilium 'Pink Perfection'"