Need help with wild bambu!!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by honslawn, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. honslawn

    honslawn LawnSite Member
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    Have a client that a fence line full of bambu. Its about 120' long and 3 to 6' thick. Is there something that I can spray on it or any other tricks to get rid of this stuff. This is my first time dealing with bambu and I need to give her a bid. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Honslawn
     
  2. bradseabridge

    bradseabridge LawnSite Senior Member
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    damn, I feel bad for you that they let it get that bad.
     
  3. honslawn

    honslawn LawnSite Member
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    Yah, that's why we're in the business, though! We fix what they can't!
     
  4. Andover Landscape Co.

    Andover Landscape Co. LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Lexington,KY
    Posts: 572

    A trimmer with a saw blade.?... Is it real Bamboo or the Bamboo grass or Nandina? What diameter? You could dig some up and resell it.... Here everyone likes it to use as a screen but no one sells it.. So it's a hot item..
     
  5. underPSI

    underPSI LawnSite Member
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    You mean to tell me that people actually plant the stuff? Bamboo is like Kudzu and is darn near impossible to eradicate.
     
  6. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    If the bamboo is not growing anywhere near the dripline or root zone of desirable trees and plants, there is a way to control it chemically with one or two applications. If it is, I suggest cutting it down, allowing it to regrow green leaves, then applying RoundUp. Disregard everything I have said if you are not licensed to apply pesticides commercially.
     
  7. tallrick

    tallrick LawnSite Senior Member
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    I like the stuff, even planted it in my own yard but it has not grown thick, just pops up where it wants. A skid steer and root grapple gets rid of the small to medium stuff. You will take a lot longer getting rid of the monster bamboo unless you get a dozer. I got rid of a patch of it as a favor a couple of years back and it never returned.
     
  8. Southern Elegance

    Southern Elegance LawnSite Member
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    dont do this job
     
  9. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you have the area to let them fall...............get a pick, stand next to the trunk and swing the pick so that it digs 3-4"s deep and pry up to pop the roots. Do this on at least two side and the bamboo will fall. It is rather easy. Once you have the growth down you can spray to get rid of the rest of it. Good luck and try to find somebody that can use the bamboo. (If your not talking about Bamboo.......disregard this post).
     
  10. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree with this, You will need to dig up all the roots to get rid of it and dig deep to get them all.
     

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