How to kill, totally remove bamboo in my yad?

Asked February 25, 2020, 6:29 PM EST

Best method to kill and remove wild bamboo from my backyard? BEst method to kill and remove wild bamboo from my backyard, ( about 20 feet wide, 8 feet deep).?

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Bamboo will take much effort and time to remove, and a multi-pronged approach is probably necessary involving a combination of physical removal and herbicide applications.

You can search for a landscaping company that offers bamboo removal, and ask them to describe their process. Only consider those companies that clearly describe using equipment to lift out and remove all rhizomes (underground stems) from the soil (after top growth is removed). These companies are using equipment that can dig up and sift through soil to lift out rhizomes.

Any re-growth from missed rhizome pieces can be cut and sprayed with herbicide, as mentioned here: Some glyphosate-based products are labelled for bamboo. Glyphosate is non-selective, meaning it will damage any plant it comes in contact with, so if the bamboo is growing amongst desirable plants, apply it very carefully. "Painting" it on with a spare paintbrush or foam brush can help prevent unwanted damage. Triclopyr is another active ingredient that can be labelled for use on bamboo. Another tactic is to wait for re-growth later in the season and spray that (foliage) with the herbicide in early fall, so the herbicide is moved down into the roots as the plant goes dormant. Foliage can be waxy, so a surfactant - something that helps the spray stick to the leaves - may be a useful additive if the spray formulation doesn't already include one.

Succulent spring growth of new canes can usually just be kicked over to stop their growth, rather than cutting and spraying. Later sprouts can be woodier, and these will likely need the cut/spray treatment.

This 3-step method (remove top growth, dig up and remove as many rhizome pieces as possible, and remove or spray re-growth) is the quickest path to being able to greatly limit re-growth and prepare the area for new planting. Approaches that rely only on top growth removal and herbicide applications may take much longer to achieve the same result.