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Old 04-09-2006, 08:51 PM
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Clearing Bamboo

I was called today and asked if I could give and estimate to clear a 35X10 ft section of bamboo from a backyard. I'm told most of it is less than an inch thick.

Has anyone here ever cleared bamboo and /or have any recommendations on what to use other than a machette or shovel?

I've never done it but am willing to look at it.. I give the estimate later in the week...

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Old 04-09-2006, 09:22 PM
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ive cleared bamboo before, not with a shovel tho, about 35 years ago, while in the service in south asia , we used something called Napalm. Worked pretty good, but you need access to an airplane for it to work effectively.
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Old 04-09-2006, 09:25 PM
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ive cleared bamboo before, not with a shovel tho, about 35 years ago, while in the service in south asia , we used something called Napalm. Worked pretty good, but you need access to an airplane for it to work effectively.
lol, yea just fly over with some napalm
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Old 04-09-2006, 09:30 PM
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Depends on what the expectations are of the customer. Cut it down???? or get rid of it. Cutting it down pends on time and dump fees. Bid accordingly. Getting rid of it depends on type. If you have to get rid of it bid 2-3 times what you actually expect to spend on it.
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Old 04-09-2006, 10:01 PM
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Will a Stihl or Echo brush cutter cut it?

I've been looking to buy one this may be my excuse to do it...

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Old 04-09-2006, 10:07 PM
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I'd rent a small skid loader, and a grapple to clear it out. its much quicker and simpler than trying to cut it down with a brushcutter.
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Old 04-09-2006, 10:19 PM
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Aadman,

What kind of access do you have to the area in question?

You can cut it with a weed eater if you've got one of those chainsaw looking blades.

I ask about access because what needs to be done is to come in with a back hoe and dig out the entire area. Then haul off the infected spoil and refill with clean topsoil.

Now....Just my opinion mind ya..... Under NO circumstances make any attempt to give these people any sort of "good deal" or sell yourself short on the removal.

They were either stupid enough to plant it, or dumb enough to buy the property with it already there. Either way, it's gonna cost them dearly to correct their mistake.

Without digging the area out to a depth of at least a couple of feet (I'd go more most likely) there isn't a chance you'll get it removed. The least sprig of root and it will be back.

Got a restricted pesticide applicators license? Remember Agent Orange?

Good luck......but this might one be to pass on.

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Old 04-09-2006, 10:43 PM
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The last house I lived at had a very hearty stand of some sort od bamboo. The Common kind used for fishing cane poles. I can tell you, they will grow right back. Unless they are dub out, you can no "remove" them. I ahve also been told that a growth of them, is only one organism that spreads. I would give them a stupid price(high). It may be more than you want to tackle.

Good luck.
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Old 04-09-2006, 10:58 PM
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I'm not immune to turning a job down. Fortunately I am about to be retired military and this is not my sole source of income starting off.

I shot down an ivy clearing job already... cuz...There wuttin' no way I was clearing that out and I landed a lawn maintenance job but told them I wasn't gona do their gutters cuz of the pitch of the roof was higher than my risk to reward ratio.

I guess I just need to go do the estimate and see exactly what they want.
I know the neighborhood well and can't see a back hoe getting in there.

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Old 04-09-2006, 11:29 PM
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You need to rip it all out deep, Bamboo uses rhyzomes to spread they all have to be dug out.

Once dug out, pour concrete over the whole place and they might not grow back.
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