Landscaping challenge is managing bamboo to your style. Fortunately, you can stop new plant growth from depleting your garden using the right tools and techniques.
Reasons to Remove Bamboo
When new shoots of bamboo plant start to develop and spread throughout your lawn. It’s necessary to remove bamboo shoots before new growth starts to overtake your yard! It will also helps you to save your time and energy. There are some main reasons for bamboo removal:
It grows rapidly: Bamboo spreads and grows fast at a rate of one meter per day. Therefore, bamboo can easily takeover your garden or even your neighbors’ yards as well due to its rapid growth quality.
It is an invasive species: While some varieties of bamboo can grow naturally in the invasive species. As bamboo can be grown in unwanted regions and hinders the growth of surrounding flora as well. It may threatens biodiversity, which may lead to increase the variety of species and living organisms and affecting the environment.
It’s hard to remove after it spreads: After spreading bamboo, it’s the most challenging and time consuming to remove bamboo. Through, It may take years also to remove all the underground rhizomes completely. Thus, early bamboo removal is important for preventing overgrowth in your yard!
Methods to Remove Bamboo From Your Yard
The key to kill bamboo is consistency. Although, the removal method you choose is totally depends on your ease of point. Just you need to treat your bamboo in a proper routine. Here are some methods you can try for removing bamboo:
Pesticides: Bamboo is a hard and durable plant, so using herbicides may not fully kill the regrowth but able to prevent new growth in your yard. Grass herbicides is also known as glyphosate herbicides because they are the most effective pesticides for killing bamboo. Apply herbicides to your bamboo shoots and spray new shoots as soon as possible. As earlier you apply herbicide, the more effective result it will be.
Manual removal: For using manual removal method, first you have to remove all above-ground bamboo growth using a hand saw. Then, Cut down the bamboo poles too close to the ground. If you want, you can use them for different projects, such as building a storage unit, a fishing pole, or a fence by drying out them in the sun. After clearing the bamboo poles, dig out all the rhizomes. The outer areas of the roots are less intertwined and strong, makes easier in removing bamboo. If you’re having trouble in removing the roots, then, you may loosen the soil with a spade or shovel. Bamboo rhizomes grow horizontally and the root system grow deep upto three feet.
Mowing: Regularly mowing can refer to a new growth hinders and unwanted bamboo which can eliminate the plant over time. This method works for short and young bamboo shoots only, only if you cannot use a lawnmower to mow down fully grown shoots. For tall shoots, cut the shoots as low to the ground with a garden lopper before mowing them. And continue to pull up the bamboo roots using a shovel. Apply a herbicide to the cutted area to stop further sprouting.
Boiling water: You can also prefer DIY, organic method to remove bamboo plants in your yard. Firstly, pour some boiling water on your bamboo plants to stop their growth. And by using a shovel or garden spade, dig around your bamboo plants untill you expose the root system of the bamboo shoots. Pour the hot water over the roots and continue untill you see new growth in the bamboo shoots.
Root barriers: Some people like to keep their running bamboo plants in pots. But pots can also create problem too. Bamboo has a tendency to get root bound and dry out within a pot itself. And sometimes, roots can also manage to escape through the bottom of the pot and get into the earth too.
Thus, to get rid of this problem, the most effective method of creating is a high quality root barrier. Although it’s not 100 percent perfect method but it has proven to be the most reliable way to keep a bamboo safely contained within the zone. Having a root barrier, you can plant your bamboo directly into the earth where the roots can stretch out and able to drain out properly. Thus, by using this method, you will also get the best insulation for the winters too.
Bamboo maintenance :Finally, our last method is good but old-fashioned in the supervision by our ensestors. Check the roots of your bamboo plant by yourself regularly. Remember, even clumping bamboo needs cutting once in a week, otherwise it starts get spreading all over your yard again. You should move your potted bamboo plant around once or twice in a week. Infact, if you have a running bamboo, at least once a year or may be two to three times depending on your climate and growing conditions accordingly, you’ll have to poke around to see what those roots are up to. And if they’re making a run for the root barrier, or any other natural or manmade obstacle you seen, just cut them in the bud immediately without thinking twice.
How to Control Bamboo Spread from Neighbor’s Yard
If you want to kill bamboo plants to stop spreading from a neighbor. Then, you need to create a barrier to stop your bamboo from spreading to your yard. The barrier can be made up of concrete or metal depending on your choice. The barrier should be 2 feet (0.5 m.) deep and at least 6 inches (15 cm) wide.
Removing bamboo plants is one of the most toughest things you can do in your yard, but it’s done with ease and without any problem. With diligence and perseverance, now you can be able to control the bamboo spread and even kill bamboo plants that have invaded unwanted places of your yard or even your neighbor’s yard.
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