Bamboo Tips

Considered to be an exotic and beautiful plant, bamboo is invasive and can cause significant damage to residential properties. The fast-growing rhizomes (roots) can quickly take over your yard and others. Bamboo can damage pipes, sidewalks and even foundations. The following methods can help remediate bamboo.

1) Dig out the plant

Digging the soil to kill the network of rhizomes is one of the main ways to help eliminate bamboo.

  • Water the area around the bamboo so the soil is most, making digging easier.
  • Use a spade or saw to cut the culms (stalks) to a few inches tall.
  • Use a shovel and begin digging around the base of the culms. Rhizomes grow within a foot of the surface of the ground.
  • Dig up as much of the rhizomes (roots) as possible to prevent regrowth.
  • Continue to cut it down and dig it up until the plant stops sending up shoots.


2) Mow the area frequently

Mowing frequently can help reduce the culms. By cutting the culms you are also depleting the plants food source and will help reduce the rhizomes.

  • Mow the area frequently and thoroughly.
  • After mowing water the area well. As you notice regrowth mow over the area again.
  • Repeat this process until the growth has stopped completely.


3) Cover the Plant

Another method to get rid of bamboo is to starve it. By covering the plant you are cutting off essential nutrients, which will eventually kill it.

  • Start by cutting the culms below the soil line.
  • Place a tarp or thick piece of plastic over the plant. A cinder block or anything heavy can be used to anchor the tarp down.
  • If the bamboo spreads beyond the perimeter of the tarp, cut it down and place another tarp over the area.
  • Leave the tarp or plastic on the area till no new growth has formed.


4) Vinegar

 Vinegar acts as a natural herbicide and is a good alternative to harsh chemicals. This method will attach the rhizomes and kill any left behind.

  • Water the area around the bamboo so the soil is moist and dig around the culms and remove as much of the rhizomes as possible.
  • Combine ½ cup of white vinegar, with 2½ cups of water in a bottle with a sprayer.
  • Thoroughly spray the area dug with the vinegar solution
  • Use old newspaper to cover the area sprayed. Place rocks or bricks on the newspaper to weight it down.
  • If you notice new growth repeat this method.