Stopping Bamboo spread

Asked June 22, 2020, 11:23 PM EDT

Hi, My previous neighbor planted bamboo in their yard along our fence line. It is now starting to spread through my yard. How do I stop this? Are there any rules regarding the planting of bamboo in Clackamas County (I am in Oregon City).

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Because I am both law-trained and horticulturally trained, I am analyzing this question in two ways. 1. There are a few ways to eradicate creeping bamboo: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/pests-diseases/invasive-species/i-am-bamboozled-help 2. Whether there are laws or regulations regarding planting of rhizomatous bamboo may be moot since the homeowner who planted it has moved on. Using the horticultural remedial efforts will be faster and cheaper. But, if you have concerns about any legal liability (for loss of the bamboo by new owners, for example), consult with an attorney. Good luck!