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Bamboo ???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LakeMurrayLawns, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. LakeMurrayLawns

    LakeMurrayLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    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??
  2. SouthernYankee

    SouthernYankee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    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
  3. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    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.
  4. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,227


    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!
  5. Aproct

    Aproct LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61


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

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    <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.
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    ...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.
  8. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Exactly as Eric said...no guarantee at all...this stuff is 50X more resilient than the hardiest english ivy..
  9. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    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.
  10. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    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.

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