Removing Bamboo

Asked April 2, 2019, 3:36 PM EDT

Thank you for taking my question. We have a bamboo patch that is about 10 X 40 that we would like to get rid of. We live in Annapolis so streets sidewalks and driveways have held it in check. Within it's immediate vicinity is a Silver Maple that is probably 60 years old, massive. We are afraid to backhoe the bamboo for fear of damaging the Maple Tree. If we cut the bamboo to the ground and not let it put up new stalks will it eventually die? We would need to dig out space for the new Skip Laurel but would like to not dig out the rest. Any ideas or concerns?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Do not plant the skip laurel until the bamboo is entirely killed.

Here is our page on bamboo.

Look under the 'Control' section. Timing is crucial. It must be cut down in spring, and the regrowth sprayed in fall. Read carefully. A systemic herbicide must be used, such as one with the ingredient 'glyphosate.' Do not get this herbicide on the tree, tree roots, or any desirable plants. (You can use a cardboard or plastic shield to keep the herbicide spray away.)

Bamboo is a foreign invasive plant, but it is possible to get rid of it. Be persistent!