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Anyone else try to dig up bamboo?


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Posted June 16, 2011 - 09:33 PM

That stuff is miserable. There was a ton of it on the one hillside by the pool and it has been spreading like crazy. There are bamboo sticks sprouting up like 30' away from where the bulk of it is. We read somewhere that it can grow sideways and grow into the side of a pool. Whether that is true or not I don't know but we are not that crazy about it and wanted to get rid of a good bit of it at least the stuff closest by the pool.

I would rather cut down trees then to dig that stuff up by the roots.

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Posted June 16, 2011 - 09:45 PM

Yep, that is why bamboo is awesome...and not awesome.

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Posted June 16, 2011 - 09:47 PM

It is very adaptable. Good luck getting rid of it.

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Posted June 16, 2011 - 09:50 PM

My mother in law has some friends that put one or two ot the things near their pool maybe ten years ago and they now wish theyd never seen it! They have a wall of the stuff at least 40 feet wide and the things are 10-15 feet high and growing like wildfire. Seems like the more they try to control it the worse it gets.

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Posted June 17, 2011 - 06:39 AM

I wonder if Roundup would get the roots? Best way to apply to really tough stuff is to put on a rubber glove, then a jersey glove over that & put the Roundup full strength on the glove & just wipe the Bamboo.....that is if Bamboo is sensitive to it. 2-4D is good for woody plants, but again, needs full strength on tough plants.

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Posted June 17, 2011 - 06:45 AM

Did some reading, and Roundup will help, but will take 2yrs of steady treatment to work. Bamboo is not tolerant to frequent mowing either, so between Roundup & mowing, you can eventually control the stuff. But will take much work & patience!

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Posted June 17, 2011 - 06:49 AM

I use Roundup and a product called Ground Clear from Lowes. The ground clear works for a year, so I use it in the chain link fence and on some bushes I try to keep at bay from the neighbors. Does a good job.

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Posted June 17, 2011 - 06:55 AM

Reading on it says the rhizomes are close to the ground surface. If close enough that would mean seat time on a tractor plowing it, then tilling the rhizomes into pieces.

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Posted June 17, 2011 - 10:09 AM

Helping out a friend, I read that the rizomes get their energy to grow from the bamboo thats above ground. So if you keep all the bamboo cut down then the rizomes cannot get any energy to grow. The method that I read was to cut down all the bamboo and shoots, then till/plow the entire area. If you see a lone shoot it must be cut then the area within six feet tilled.
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Posted June 17, 2011 - 02:27 PM

I have fought the american bamboo that was just outside of my fathers property line for about 40 of my 60 years. When Dad died we got the residence and we are still fighting the stuff.

The only temporary fix I have found is a machete......... and DO NOT take it somewhere else to discard after you cut it. My wife did that and now we have TWO areas to chop down.
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Posted July 25, 2011 - 09:54 PM

I'd keep it mowed close, also heard a solar blanket off a pool will kill stuff really quick. Basically just cooks anything under it.

My dad has a honey locust problem on one of his places and he has something he gets through the county extension that he has to spray around the trunk of the tree's. It's expensive but it works. I'll ask him if he knows the name of it.

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Posted July 26, 2011 - 02:27 AM

My only concern with tilling is replanting it all over the place.

Dan, in PA, you have to be liscenced to buy or use 2-4d. Wonderful stuff, but harder to get than roundup.

George, call the county extension office, or the Penn State Cooperative Ext Svce, they should tell you the best way.
You could also put an ad on CL: Free Bamboo, must take all... :D

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Posted July 26, 2011 - 06:54 AM

we have fought with it for years too, it is growing around the pear tee now so i can't use chemicals or till too deep, i burn the cutting to ashes in a barrel or a wood stove, we did everything, even pored gas down the stalks, it killed everything around the bamboo and yet it came back, horrid stuff, good for nothing but killing everything it grows around, i call them murder weeds now along with the bishop's weed, bishop's weed has killed a lot of the native plants too, flower gardens are gone to them now, grow up to 3 feet tall in some places, nasty stuff too, ironicly the bugs don't like them, figures!
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Posted July 27, 2011 - 12:40 AM

Wow! I had no idea bamboo even grew in this country. Sounds like it is wicked stuff!!!!!!

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Posted April 22, 2012 - 07:00 PM

treat with some 6% acidity cleaning vinegar. It will kill bamboo.




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