Bamboos are evergreen perennial flowering plants that spread easily and very hard to remove; a neighbor may decide to plant a few of this plant in his/her backyard, and then it starts spreading to your compound without any effort at all, a single seed can turn your whole lot into a bamboo forest if not checked. Though bamboos are eco-friendly and can fetch a considerable income for the owners among many other advantages; but with their fast spreading nature they may take over a useful piece of land, its hollowed hull can also host reptiles such as snake, and this is very dangerous, especially when it is close to homes.
Why is Bamboo hard to remove?
Typical bamboo seed takes around three years to sprout, all those time the plant root is nourishing itself from the nutrients in the soil, spreading around and making a firm grip on the soil. Most bamboos are propagated from a rhizome-like seed, one of the features of rhizome plants is that they will have roots spread near and far, thus they are immune to common herbicides used to kill common unwanted plants.
How to Remove Bamboo completely
Bamboos may not respond to the first-time removal, but with determination and persistence, you will get rid of them soon. There are actually two major techniques that work, it is either you remove them physically, or with some real chemicals, all other techniques fall under these two categories;
This technique involves a lot of digging and mowing, you have to manually dig out the whole roots and if possible burn them. Then mow the soil regularly to prevent the adamant roots from regenerating again. This technique is the best because it does not damage the soil nutrients for other plants that may need to be planted on the soil.
Removing bamboos with chemicals is also effective, with highly concentrated chemicals like glyphosate herbicide the plant will be gone in no time. But this technique also requires some physical activities which involve cutting the bamboos down to soil level before applying the herbicide. The reason for this is that the bamboo’s ruggedness is from its root, that why it regenerates easily if it is being cut from the top or middle. Glyphosate kills any plant it comes in contact with and may kill human too if ingested, so you should be very careful while using it. Alternatively, stump or root killer that contains triclopyr or glyphosate can also be used.
All that been said, you can still have bamboo controlled without destroying them completely, you can use any of these techniques;
- Open-sided barrier: In this technique, you have to dig a semicircle shape around the bamboo towards the direction you wish to contain it, this will stop the rhizomes from spreading further in such direction. The depth of the hole should be about 30 inches/3 feet deep and 1 foot wide so that the rhizomes won’t go under it. Furthermore, the hole can be cast with concrete or other materials that rhizomes won’t grow through (e.g. wood) This method can be used to set up border along your property line or fence so that bamboos won’t cross over to other people’s property.
- Closed barrier: this is the same thing as the open-sided barrier, but the dug hole must be in a full circle, this method keeps the bamboo boxed-in in whatever shape you prefer.
- Hedging: if well planned, a stream or pond can be used to control the spread of the bamboo as rhizomes can’t travel through water to the other side.
All the techniques mentioned are DIY, but they can be so stressful, so why not hire a professional to get it done for you at a very affordable price. At Bamboobob.com we offer great bamboo removal services in Greater New Jersey Area.