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Name: Cayuga
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Cayuga
Jan 21, 2016 12:14 PM CST
I have a phyllostachys bisetti. It is a kind of running bamboo, and you guessed it, it is taking over the property. Any suggestions for curbing it?
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Jan 21, 2016 1:05 PM CST
Enclose it in hardscape or get some goats. (?)
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Name: Heath
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Jan 21, 2016 1:18 PM CST
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Name: Heath
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plantcollector
Jan 21, 2016 1:23 PM CST
A guy I know had 2 acres of it he cut down all the tall stuff in the winter and then in the spring when it starts to grow he sprayed it with roundup any new growth in the summer he would spray it took him 3 years to get rid of it. Good luck
Name: Cindy
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Jan 21, 2016 1:51 PM CST
If you want to keep any of the existing bamboo, dig a 8 to 10 inch trench around it and check for rhizomes escaping several times during the summer. Check out this link - http://www.gardensalive.com/ca... and check out the section on bamboo under "A to Z Garden Questions".
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 21, 2016 2:00 PM CST
I had a running bamboo in Phoenix, AZ, and something actually killed it. I couldn't believe it. One year it was growing like wildfire, and the next summer it just slowly died. No idea why! It was by a neighbor's yard, so that solved my worry about it. Smiling
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 21, 2016 2:47 PM CST
Plantmanager, did you use brush killer near it? Brush killer will sink into the soil and kill certain plants. I don't know if bamboo has sensitive roots - maple trees do.

The only way to corral running bamboo is to put a barricade down about 2 feet. Make it out of something the bamboo won't go through, like concrete. Otherwise, a lot of digging, Round Up or Brush Killer are your other options.

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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 21, 2016 2:52 PM CST
On a different plant-related site someone offered the suggestion to create the underground barrier but only on three sides. Leave the fourth side opened and prune the heck out of the runners on that side.

The Bamboo Garden has information on how to control Bamboo.
http://www.bamboogarden.com/ba...
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 21, 2016 2:58 PM CST
We didn't use any brush or weed killers on our side, but I'm thinking the neighbors could have put something down that killed it.
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