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LakeMurrayLawns
12-14-2004, 06:48 PM
I've got a property where the owner wants an area cleaned up that has become overgrown with bamboo. I've never worked with this stuff before, anybody got any ideas on the best way to reclaim some yard for grass??

SouthernYankee
12-14-2004, 06:50 PM
I would get a bobcat with a rake or use the bucket and rip it up, trying to get all of the shoots. that stuff is out of control

YardPro
12-14-2004, 06:51 PM
good luck
bamboo (most varieties) are extremely invasive.
you will have to remove all the root material. it sends out these super tough runners and sends up shoots all over the place.

it they wish to contain it they will need a really heavy duity root barrier.

Norm Al
12-14-2004, 06:53 PM
is it TRAILING or CLUMPING?

bamboo is a grass,,,,,so just keep weedeating it to low!:)

actually if its trailing it can come up anywhere and should only pop up in the spring with new growth. everyweek when you see new shoots, pop them off and they wont grow back,,,,,well at least that one wont. it will be years of good maintenance for it to stay out of the areas you dont want it in if its traing bamboo.

if its clumping just dig out the areas you dont like and it will stay pretty much confined to its CLUMPS without a ton of maintenance!


and lastly dont you sweet it to much,,,,,they planted it and need to pay you to deal with it!

Aproct
12-15-2004, 09:03 AM
LakeMurrayLawns,

Do a search on the forum. You will find pictures of a job that we did...Any questions just send me a PM.

impactlandscaping
12-15-2004, 09:23 AM
<a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008_ZSXXXXXX44US' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/14/14_6_6.gif' border=0></a>...lol..Actually, as said, total removal with a Bobcat or mini ex and new soil would be the best way to clear large areas of bamboo.

65hoss
12-15-2004, 09:49 AM
<a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008_ZSXXXXXX44US' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/14/14_6_6.gif' border=0></a>...lol..Actually, as said, total removal with a Bobcat or mini ex and new soil would be the best way to clear large areas of bamboo.

...and DO NOT guarentee it will not come back. The smallest root left will grow back. I would not even do it if they wanted to guarentee it was gone.

impactlandscaping
12-15-2004, 11:11 AM
Exactly as Eric said...no guarantee at all...this stuff is 50X more resilient than the hardiest english ivy..

out4now
12-15-2004, 11:15 AM
Hire someone from Vietnam or elsewhere that knows something about it. Stuff gets really out of control. There's an asian lady not far from here that goes out with a machete and thins hers back all the time and the stuff just grows right back. You may want to pass on it because it's os hard to work with.

work_it
12-15-2004, 11:30 AM
There's an asian lady not far from here that goes out with a machete and thins hers back all the time and the stuff just grows right back.

Sounds like she's got a personal hygiene problem. ;) Seriously though, the chances of you removing every shoot are slim to none. Even with a bobcat you would most likely leave a couple pieces of the root system and then the problem will be right back. I had to remove some bamboo last year for a customer, but couldn't give her a guarentee either. The roots had grown into 2 of her neighbors yards, who didn't care for me digging up their turf, so before I started I reminded her that the problem would be back in a year or two. It was a $1800 removal without a guarentee...ouch! Good luck, and when you bid that job just remember that you will be there for a few days.

BestCutInTown
12-15-2004, 03:35 PM
I worked for a tree removal company for a couple of years, and every once in a while we would run across that stuff. We would always just cut it down and use a stump grinder to grind the roots... With bamboo though, we would always grind a larger area then normal, just to try and get everything. We never have had a problem of it coming back (that i know of). I would def. guarentee nothing though! Good Luck!

prizeprop
12-15-2004, 04:40 PM
We did a removal of bamboo bunch of years back and did it with picks. It was like hitting a manhole cover when hitting it directly. Definately would use a backhoe next time. Good thing I padded that estimate. The area was turned into lawn and it never came back. Lucky? I don't know.

LakeMurrayLawns
12-15-2004, 06:48 PM
Thanks Guys you've been a great help.