Keeping Bamboo under control in your garden

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Keeping Bamboo under control in your garden

Keeping Bamboo under controlIf you have ever had bamboo growing in your garden, you know it can be an absolute nightmare to try and remove.

Eliminating bamboo plants is one of the toughest jobs you can do in the garden, which is why we recommend you hire a professional arborist to get the job done right.

Saying that, clearing bamboo from your garden is not impossible to DIY, although it will take a fair bit of elbow grease and a whole lot of perseverance.


Before you get stuck in, there are few things you should know about bamboo in the garden:

  • Healthy bamboo is virtually immune to the herbicides used on other unwanted plants or weeds.
  • Expect that total eradication of bamboo from your garden to take two to three years of treating the infested area before you will completely control the bamboo spread.
  • If you find your efforts to kill bamboo plants are thwarted by spread from a neighbour, you will need to build a barrier to keep the bamboo from spreading to your yard. This barrier will need to be built of concrete, which cannot be penetrated.


Professional help:

Bamboo is tough to remove and can be dangerous if you are not used to using the right tools for the job.  If you have bamboo that you would like us to remove, gives Independent Tree Services a phone call and we will do our best to solve the problem for you.


Home removal:

Chainsaw and mower

A small chainsaw will make short work of the mature stalks. Follow up with a weekly trim using a lawn mower. Also, keep an eye out for shoots beyond the perimeter of the bamboo grove; some bamboos will send underground runners, called rhizomes, up to 25 feet from their base.


If you decide to use chemicals on your bamboo, experts recommend glyphosate-based herbicides to be the most effective. Be sure to follow the instructions exactly as they kill any plant they come in contact with, and you don’t want them to get into anything they shouldn’t.

Cut back and manage:

Rather than eliminate your bamboo grove entirely, cut it back to a manageable size, then contain it with a physical barrier. Saying that, containment systems still require vigilance because rhizomes will try to grow over the barrier. If any of them succeed, you’ll need to remove them.