Control Bamboo Before It Gets Out of Hand
Having recently written about bamboo, I am amazed at the number of requests I have received for information to control. It seems that for many of you across the country, “lockdown” is a big deal.
The most common question I get is when a neighbor’s bamboo has gotten out of control and is now entering his property. They want to free themselves from the insulting plant. But here’s something to consider if you want to keep your neighbor. If it has not previously been separated in any way, a bamboo plantation is actually a plant.
I mention it because if you start a strict eradication process, you will eventually starve to pass away and eventually finish all the bamboo. This includes what you may want to keep, just like your neighbor’s. However, if you are at the end of your mind and are ready to action, here are some suggestions that you can implement to start the bamboo eradication process.
Four steps to getting rid of bamboo:
1. Isolate the Part You want to finish, from the Part You want to keep. Do this by cutting the rhizomes (propagation roots) with a shovel, a Mattock, a trenching machine or any other means you can.
2. Cut the grove to the ground.
3. water and fertilize the area to promote new growth (yes, really). Since I know you are wondering why I would say something like this, stresses, weakens and exhausts the process of cutting and promoting the new growth of the energy plant to continue.
4. Cut it again (or apply herbicide) repeat this process Until the rhizome is finally starved and no longer forms shoots. Remember, this is a process, not a quick fix.
This is much easier than trying to grow or dig up and remove every rhizome in the ground. But if you are ready to do this, this is also an Option. Send me your details. I want to shake your hand!
Prepare and contain before planting:
If you want to grow bamboo, a little planning in advance will make it much easier to contain it. Speaking of growing bamboo in a container is a great way to keep it within limits. There are a number of suitable varieties, such as the dwarf green band (Pleioblastus viridistriatus). With a maturity height of two to four feet and even perennial in Minnesota, it is a good choice nationwide.
Another strategy is to choose non-invasive agglomerating bamboo varieties. Unlike Their aggressive Cousin, lumpy varieties are rather pleased to stay in place. Although they spread, they do it much more slowly. There are a lot of nurseries and online sources that offer lumpy varieties.
If you opt for a running bamboo, a barrier is needed to keep control. Barriers can be made of Concrete, Metal or Plastic. A high-density polypropylene, 40 mil thick or more, is readily available for this purpose. It should be placed at least 2-3 feet deep in the ground and tilted away from the grove.
Bamboo rhizomes jump over an improperly installed barrier. However, when properly installed, the rhizomes are at least deflected, so that they are visible above the ground and can be removed before they can spread outward. It is important that the barrier extends several centimeters above the ground line.
A ditch or stream is also a useful containment option. However, it is necessary to monitor the grove once a year and cut off all renegade rhizomes. In some matters, it is enough to regularly mow new shoots or even knock them over. It’s much easier with the smaller caned bamboo.
If you have any doubts about whether you really want to experiment with bamboo in your landscape, keep it in a pot for a while. Just be sure to monitor the drainage hole! These rhizomes are great escape artists.