How to Kill Bamboo Plants


Although sometimes attractive, bamboo plants can quickly overtake a lawn and garden due to their rapid growth. Bamboo may also deplete water and other nutritional sources from the soil, leaving less for other plants and flowers in your garden. Killing bamboo in your lawn and garden can be time consuming, but it is a simple process that does not require special horticulture or gardening skills.

Step 1

Remove any debris, fallen leaves, sticks or twigs from the area where bamboo plants are growing.

Step 2

Use a shovel to loosen the soil around the bamboo plants. Dig up as much of the root as possible.

Step 3

Remove as much of the roots of the bamboo plant as possible.

Step 4

Mix 1/2-cup white vinegar with 2-1/2 cups water. Pour into a clean, empty bottle with sprayer attachment.

Step 5

Spray the area where you pulled the bamboo plant from the ground. Be sure to thoroughly wet the soil with the vinegar solution. This solution will help prevent any new bamboo plants from growing in this location.

Step 6

Place newspapers on top of the area you have sprayed. Weigh them down with bricks or heavy weights and leave in place for two weeks to ensure that the bamboo plant roots you were unable to remove are dead.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Small knife (a paring knife works well)
  • Newspaper
  • Bricks or weights
  • Gardening gloves


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