Asked April 9, 2018, 11:05 AM EDT

How to control bamboo

Howard County Maryland

3 Responses

Timing and using the correct herbicide are key to eliminating bamboo.

Cut it all down in the spring. Spray the regrowth in October with an herbicide with glyphosate.

This publication discusses killing plus merely controlling bamboo: There is a link to using a barrier product to enclose it.


Isn’t glyphosate a poison... as in Roundup?

Glyphosate is an herbicide. All herbicides (and insecticides), whether made from natural components or not, are going to be toxic in some way. For more information about glyphosate, you can contact the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378.

We do not recommend pesticides lightly, and when we do we balance it with the damage that the invasive plant (bamboo) presents. We always recommend the safest and least toxic approach first. Bamboo is a highly destructive non-native invasive plant.

As given in our first reply, if you don't need to kill the bamboo and would be happy to just rein it in, we offer a video and the webpage.