Bamboo removal

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by DBL, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hey guys we have an upcoming job with a customer who wants a lot of bamboo removed from an area in his backyard. What is the best way to attack this job and make sure the bamboo doesnt come back?

    Thanks
    Tom and Rich
     
  2. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good luck! Bamboos in general can be quite invasive. Usually two types: running and clumping. They all propagate through the underground rhizomes. Quickest and easiest way to get it out is to cut the stalks down and dig up the rhizomes with shovel and mattock. You must make sure that you get rid of ALL the rhizomes or it'll grow back. If it does come back cut the new stalks before they get very high and you'll starve out the plant. Soil sterilants can work too but then you can't reuse the area immediately and there's the chance of sterilant getting to areas you want to keep. This could end up being a long process.
     
  3. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Call the military and send in an air strike.
     
  4. PurpHaze

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    Napalm... but you'd probably lose the neighborhood also. :p
     
  5. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    Pour a cement slab over it and keep your fingers crossed lol. All jokes aside, if the yard or area could be graded and kept regulary mowed then that would control it.After the bulk of it has been removed and dug up. Im not sure if you can ever get rid of it.
     
  6. PurpHaze

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    ...as the rhizomes regenerate and send shoots up through the joints and cracks. Bomb it, dig it, spray it and then put up one of those nuclear hazard signs keeping the area off-limits to everyone until the soil is ready to plant again. LOL
     
  7. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    don't like the neighbors anyway.... :dizzy:
     
  8. PurpHaze

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  9. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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    Alright after a long day i needed to see all of these funny (however effective) ways to get rid of this stuff. BUt thanks guys for all your help
     
  10. PurpHaze

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    You're welcome. :p
     

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