Bamboo Removal

Asked April 6, 2019, 11:06 AM EDT

our neighbor planted some bamboo and it is taking over our backyard. do you have any suggestions on how to have it removed? is this something we, as home owners can do? any help will be appriciated. thank you

New Castle County Delaware

1 Response

Bamboo is very difficult to control. There are a couple of steps that can be followed to hopefully help you in your quest to kill it. However, if it’s spreading across your property line from your neighbors, it will eventually come back again.

Bamboo spreads by rhizomes in the ground. One thing that you can do is dig out as many of the rhizomes as possible. Then watch for any signs of new shoots. If you see signs of life, apply glyphosate immediately. Another thing that can be done is to cut off any canes about 2” - 3” from the ground and apply undiluted glyphosate immediately to the area cut. Make sure the glyphosate is of the highest concentration (41%). Again, any young shoots that emerge, apply glyphosate to them. Bamboo should be cut short and continue applying herbicide to anything that looks alive. Keep in mind that glyphosate will also kill any other plants or lawn should you accidently get it on them. Glyphosate is an ingredient in several herbicides sold at any local garden center.

It will take several applications to kill bamboo, but if you keep at it, you will eventually win the battle (until they encroach on your property again).