Q. I have bamboo in my yard and it is spreading to my field. Roundup will not kill it. Any suggestions on how I can get rid of it?
Bob Myer, Mount Vernon
A. Bamboo is a very invasive plant. Personally, I don't know why anyone would want to plant it unless it is restricted.
Start with physically removing as much of the rhizomes and root mass as possible. For large infestations, this will require the use of power equipment.
It is impossible to remove all pieces. Therefore, follow-up treatment with herbicides will generally be required. Casoron combined with summer spot sprays of Roundup is suggested. The Casoron will kill many of the new sprouts and prevent others from re-establishing through early summer.
Roundup is not overly effective for post-emergence application, but it works better than other post-emergence herbicides for this purpose.
Jay Chism, an agronomy specialist in Barton County, says bamboo can be killed by keeping it mowed off until all the food reserves in the rhizomes are used up. This may take several years due to the extensive rhizome system and invasive nature of the plant.
However, I think the combination of herbicides and cultural practices may be your best approach to control.
Keeping it cut back will help deplete the rhizomes' food supply as the new growth begins. Repeated sprays of glyphosate may reduce plant vigor and slow down the spread.
If you need bamboo in your landscape, it can be restricted by using a barrier. One option is to plant the bamboo in a bottomless, large plastic container that has been sunk in the ground up to its brim.
MikeVDS wrote:I'm looking for bamboo poles for a project I'm working on. If anyone in So.Cal has some they want to get rid of, or willing to donate let me know. Or if you planted some bamboo that's gone out of control I'd be willing to help cut it back in exchange for some of the poles.
If you're interested in the project, we are doing a Tiki themed camp in Gigsville. We're building a 50' dia dome with 2 or eventually 3 stories. Eventually an elevator made of bamboo that's powered by a tiki god statue. So we'll need a lot more bamboo than what we currently have for decorations, furnature, a bar etc. I think I need more just to finish my little project, which is a shower. It is basically going to be a bamboo structure and platform that holds a sunshower and rests above a tub to capture the water.
If you know of somewhere I might be able to get bamboo free or cheap let me know. I'm also going to need a lot of cargo netting. A large part of the second floor is probably going to be a big cargonet hammock. Any other ideas or polynesian stuff for cheap or free are welcome.
MikeVDS wrote:Looks a little pricey to me. $3 for 1" dia. 6' long. Craig's list has been having some freebies and if I advertise on there I bet I'd get more. Need to finish up a few other projects this weekend before I work on some of the fun stuff. I got code enforcement out on me for storing (burningman) junk on my side yard. I had to organize it and put it out of sight. People didn't like a pile of military cots, bamboo and stainless steel dome sitting in view? Naw.....
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