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Old 06-28-2010, 09:46 PM
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Backyard clean up job...killing bamboo

I quoted a back yard clean up job today. The only part that really concerns me is the small stand of bamboo that is there. They told me they want it cut down. I am assuming "cut down" means...not coming back.

There are 10 or 14 bamboo stalks if I remember right. What have you guys done to get rid of bamboo?

Also the grass is about 8" high, might be 10." Pretty thick and green bermuda, not much in the way of weeds.

I am thinking of cutting the grass twice with my old riding mower. It has a bagger. Then the second time get it close to the final cut height (bagging again) and then use my Lazer Z to do the final cutting.
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:59 PM
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I ment to post this in the landscape maintenance section. Oops.
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Little Wonder walk behind edger
Echo PAS-225vp trimmer/edger
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:40 PM
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Hmmm maybe a saw or axe. I think a brush cutter on the end of a trimmer would work great though.
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Old 06-28-2010, 11:12 PM
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Cut it down with a brush blade, then treat with Tordon (picloram and 24D). This might need an applicators license, depending on your state.
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:57 AM
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Bamboo is a grass. Arsenal(imazapyr) at a quart per acre has been proven to remove bamboo. This will also remove most trees, shrubs and grasses in the treated area as well. Tordon is not as active on bamboo and it will also travel into nearby trees and shrubs. In residential areas near desirable vegetation, RoundUp applied to the green regrowth after it has been mowed down is safer.
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:38 AM
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Tordon does tend to travel. Other options mentioned above will be a safer choice.
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:49 AM
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Round-up does work but only in a super heavy concentration, I'd say at least double normal,
there's no ultimate guarantee because bamboo roots travel so you'll need to check up on it
over time.

Also be careful handling bamboo, the stuff will cut your hands good.
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:56 AM
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The only real way to get rid of Bamboo is to use a backhoe and dig it out. You may need to go down as much as 3-4' to get all of the roots. And, you MUST GET ALL the roots.
There is no chemical that will be 100% effective on Bamboo, no matter what anyone tells you. Chemicals may slow it down and kill SOME of it, but not 100% control.
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