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Weedkiller for bamboo - recommendations .

Discussion in 'off topic' started by early, Aug 20, 2019.

  1. early

    early pfm Member

    Hi all ,

    I am removing some bamboo from our garden , I have dug up lots of the rhizomes/roots .
    However I believe it can grow again from anything that's left behind so I am looking for something that will kill off any left over bits .

    Don't mind if it kills anything else in the area , the garden is going to be stripped bare ready for flagging/artificial grass . Just want something that works .

    Any ideas ? .
  2. crimsondonkey

    crimsondonkey pfm Member

  3. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley


    It’ll take more than one season to get rid of it though.
  4. Dozey

    Dozey Air guitar member

    I got a specialist in to do it, complete with bio hazard suit. You should do it whilst there are still leaves and new growth to poison. It only took 1 treatment. But the poison was attached to the stems in little plastic vials to keep poisoning it for as long as possible.
  5. Heath

    Heath pfm Member

    Giant Panda
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  6. doctorf

    doctorf left footed right winger

    Not much use if there are no green bits to spray it on.
  7. lordmortlock

    lordmortlock Mark Audio drivers and TP4 Cartridges

    I’d dig it out personally, and in fact did here.
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  8. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    start caring about nature and the planet.
    Sry but true.
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  9. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    This very question was asked in the gardening section of Sunday’s Times.
    Here’s the expert’s answer.

    “A Removing bamboo is a battle. That’s why the sagacious words of Sun Tzu, the 6th-century-BC Chinese general, from his book The Art of War, are so helpful:

    1 Be as prepared as possible — which in the case of bamboo means using sharp loppers to cut the stems and an all-steel, heavy trenching spade (wickes.co.uk) to chop the roots. The weight does much of the work for you.

    2 Divide your enemy to make them small. By cutting through the roots, the ability of the clumps to grow back is greatly reduced.

    3 Know your enemy and attack where he is weak: when the plant is full of lush growth, after being cut back hard to the ground. Even for vigorous bamboo, new growth is costly to make, and if recut or sprayed with herbicide, its repeated loss weakens the roots into submission.”
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  10. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    It gets disguised under countless names and prices, but there is only one weedkiller in anyway suitable for the job that is generally available - glyphosate. It is absorbed mostly by leaves and is systemic.

    That said, bamboo is worse than any press it gets about being indestructible and impossible to eradicate.

    If only people did their homework before planting it, and at the very least used a user-friendly species, not one that would be determined to take over the whole UK.

    That said, it all rather depends on the species.

    Good luck, you may need it (or a JCB with an accomplished driver and lots of new soil).
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  11. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    Indeed, and they're kinda cute too.


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  12. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    We have bamboo in the alley behind our lot. Some of them are big enough that I'm thinking of harvesting them for bassoon reeds.
  13. thebiglebowski

    thebiglebowski pfm Member

    Just stand in the back garden hurling blasphemous abuse at the clouds in the hope that the almighty sends a plague of locusts upon your house (or at least that section of the garden)
  14. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    You need to dig down 1m at least.

    It will not get through the flagging, but it will get through the gaps between the paving stones. You can decide to just watch out for it and glyphosate it, it will quickly kill the culm. BUT glyphosate may well become unavailable soon because it is possibly carcinogenic -- if you google this you will see what is going on in the EU. You may want to think of laying a concrete foundation for the stones, and then that won't be a problem.

    It will get through the grass. I believe that the foundation for artificial grass is hardcore and that will not stop it. I would ask your contractors if you can lay a concrete foundation, that will work.

    If a culm penetrates the turf, it may damage it. You will need to ask your contractors about that.

    But if the fabric can withstand the damage, then just apply a bit of glyphosate to the leaves, -- if it was a living lawn I would rip it out but this won't be possible with the turf.

    However other culms will appear, and you will have to persist and be vigilant.

    It's not so hard though, certainly easier than mowing a lawn!

    The key things are to investigate are:

    1. Can you lay a concrete foundation for the artificial turf?
    2. Will the bamboo damage the artificial turf?

    Everything will become much more difficult for you if and when glyphosate becomes unavailable.
  15. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    no, that isn't deep enough. You need dig down at least 5m. Lay a 1m deep concrete slab, top that with a shuttered 1m slab of titanium. Then lay 2m of concrete on top, hardcore compacted, sand the your wildlife destroying plastic polluting artificial turf.
  16. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    on 2nd thoughts avoid all the effort. The OP clearly doesn't want a garden, so sell the house to someone the does and buy a flat with a concrete balcony.
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  17. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Staying alert

    Yebbut, anybody who wants a garden would want well shut of the bamboo, so it’s probably trashed the value anyway, or something.
  18. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    Artificial turf sounds dreadful and that is what I thought until I visited a friend who has some installed (not sure of cost or brand).

    It looks VERY like real grass and it replaces ONLY the actual lawn, the rest of the garden is as was.

    Lots of non-gardeners posting here too - there are bamboos, and bamboos, some are fantastic, user-friendly, non-invasive garden plants, others are not. We have not the slightest clue what one the OP has.
    You could have black bamboo half a lifetime and be lucky for it to treble in spread.



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  19. cutting42

    cutting42 Arrived at B4 Hacker Erg \o/

    Wait for it to flower then it will die by itself.
  20. deanf

    deanf pfm Member

    I did a bit of interment searching a few years ago on getting rid of bamboo from your garden, one chap said he tried everything from digging down 6ft, flooding the garden with water, dropping in a ton of salt and industrial weedkiller by the bucket, then he found the answer - he moved house!

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