Suggestions for removing bamboo?

NUTNDUN

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We have bamboo that is making it's way onto our property from the neighbors property which is basically a fenced in swamp area for preservation. I wasn't sure if anyone had any ideas to get rid of it completely other than making sure you get all of the roots which can be pretty difficult to do.
 

Texas Horses Hogs and Deeres

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It's just like banana trees, very tough to get it all out. If you can get by with it youight try something to treat the ground with that will stop the roots from growing
 

jabelman

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a few people I know on smaller lots dug in pressure treated 2×12 along there property lines to keep the runners from shooting over, that's invasive stuff lots of townships are now passing ordinances banning and making owners responsible for removal and damages
 

MH81

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Will Roundup kill it just where sprayed or will it kill it all?
 

Shorty

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The perfect solution- have Cat come over with his 385. Except he might give you a lake around your house. On the serious side, I think the roots need cut and stopped somehow.
 

Greasy6020

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Purge with fire?

Keep going over the area every few days with a disk, that'd eventually kill it off...
 

Cvans

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If it were me I would try digging a narrow shallow ditch along the property line and fill it with something like lime or salt. As it leached down into the ground it should stop the roots from spreading your way. The rest I would try spraying with 2-4-D as that won't kill grass.
I could suggest other things to put in the ditch but the tree huggers would be all over me I'm afraid. :mad:
 

daytime dave

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Where I work, we had the person who excavates dig it out and lay the weed cloth over the spot and cover it back up. Guess what. That worked. It now grows outside the weed cloth area. It's hard to get rid of. I like the idea of digging a ditch and filling it with lime or salt. If it's a big area, a backhoe or small digger might need to be rented.

Good luck, it's tough stuff.
 

CRF6179

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We have bamboo that is making it's way onto our property from the neighbors property which is basically a fenced in swamp area for preservation. I wasn't sure if anyone had any ideas to get rid of it completely other than making sure you get all of the roots which can be pretty difficult to do.
If there is a Botanical Gardens anywhere close, check with them. There is usually a display of bamboo. They should be able to explain how they contain it from spreading. Or how to fight it back from your property.
If I remember correctly, I read that you needed to encircle the roots with metal sheeting. It had to be fairly deep and overlap the ends quite a bit, to keep the runners contained.
It sounds like you have quite a problem brewing. Good luck dealing with it. Rick
 

Bolens800uk

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I have dealt with a lot of bamboo especially Sasa palmatum which is a creeping bamboo. The first thing I did was was to cut the bamboo down to a few inches above ground level using a hedge cutter. I then light a bonfire on that site to burn the debris. The heat will reduce the vigour of the plant. Depending on the size you can use a mini digger to dig it out or a mattock and then put the roots on another bonfire on the same site. Any regrowth you should be able to root it out and discard of properly. It worked for me.
 
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