Bamboos are hardy creatures. As such, you have to adopt a different method to kill them. Read below to learn how to kill bamboo.

How To Kill Bamboo

Isn’t it horrifying to think of killing those tall graceful plants that look so beautiful in your garden and provide cool shade? Horrifying no doubt, and regrettable too, but in some cases totally inevitable. Bamboos, you must remember, are a species of grass and true to their being; they do behave grass-like. Bamboos have this notorious knack of spreading and growing all over. You may have designated a particular place for them in your garden to grow and thrive. But who are they to obey. In perhaps two or three years, depending on the species, they start growing all over the place, perhaps even spilling into your neighbors’ yard for good measure. Bamboos spread their roots amazingly fast, just like their cousins, the grasses. Thus, you are left with no choice but to kill the intruding bamboos. And you start your rampage among the groves and hack thinking that only the bamboo clump you have left standing will stay where you want. In a couple of months, your mistake will stare at you in the face when you see the hacked bamboos sprouting and preparing to take over the entire garden all over again. Only then will you realize how hardy these bamboo plants really are. To kill them, you have got to adopt a different approach or else they will keep sprouting back. If you are looking to kill some bamboo plants to clear your garden, then go through the article for more information.
Ways To Kill Bamboo Plants
Method One
  • Herbicide
  • Brush
  • Pair of Shear
  • When the weather is damp, but not raining, apply round up on the bamboo leaves. Leave it for a week so that the plant soaks in the round up. The round up will start killing the plants.
  • Now, cut the bamboo stalks to the ground level. Immediately apply the herbicide on the cuts, so that the sap that flows out of the bamboo takes the herbicide along with it. Since the sap is absorbed within 15 seconds, you have to be really quick in applying the herbicide.
  • Before cutting the stalks, first cut all the leaves and shoots off the bamboo.  This will ensure that the plant doesn’t grow because of the leaves and shoots.
  • Now wait for a week to see if the bamboo sprouts again. If it sprouts back, you need to again cut the stalk and apply the herbicide. Only when the herbicide is absorbed by the sap will the bamboo stop sprouting and die. The cutting and applying herbicide should be done several times so that you completely kill the bamboo. 
  • Finally you have to dig up the roots of the bamboo. The rhizomes run deep so you will have to work a lot to dig them up. Dig the rhizomes that run horizontally in the ground as they have the potential to sprout again, if not properly killed.
  • If you don’t want to dig up the roots, then you should keep a close eye on them for about a year. In about that time if the bamboos do not sprout again, then you can be sure that the rhizomes have rotted and you have successfully killed the plant.
Method Two
This is a natural method as it doesn’t require the use of any herbicide and is effective for smaller bamboo groves.
  • First, water the area around the plant to moisten the soil around it. Now, using a shovel, dig around the base of the bamboo plant. Dig until you reach the roots of the bamboo.
  • Then, manually, pull out the roots and discard them. Remove as much roots as you can pull out. Keep on digging and removing the roots, until there is no root left or until the plant has weakened and died.
  • For more effective results, you can drench the soil with a mixture of half a cup of white vinegar with two and a half cups of water. You can also spray this solution on the soil as you go on removing the roots.

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