How to Get Rid of Bamboo

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To get rid of bamboo, dig down into the ground using a shovel and remove every single piece of the root. Remove bamboo plants with tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen from Next we're going to talk about how to get rid of bamboo. We buy bamboo at the garden center or the farmer's market. It's so beautiful, so we plant a big clump of it. Well, twenty years down the line it's taken over the whole front bed, the sidewalk and it's going into the neighbor's house and they're not happy about it. So, what's the best way to actually get rid of your bamboo? So, bamboo is just a grass. So, it grows just like grass does. It has a root, and it has a stem and then it drops seeds as well. So, to get rid of the bamboo you're going to get rid of every single piece of root. There's really no getting out of it. So, there's a couple of ways to accomplish that. You can take your shovel and dig as deep as you can and dig it out. That's the more; that's really your only choice to get rid of all the roots is you just dig and dig and dig the roots out. Another easy way to get rid of that bamboo if it becomes a problem is to make a raze bed over it. So, basically there's all kinds of shay cloth or vegetation cloth that keeps vegetation down, so chop all the bamboo down to the ground and try to dig some up if you can. Which is almost impossible to do when it's really, really thick or an easy trick just put some whey cloth down and make a barrier whether it's rocks or wood and fill it with dirt. That way your bamboo is underneath that cloth. Eventually it'll try to work its way through the cloth. It'll try to work its way around the cloth. A lot of times put newspapers, plastic bags, recycling mulch whatever you can put down on it. It should help. Plastic, weed barrier, mulch, clippings, grass clippings and then put a lot of soil, like thick, like four feet of soil above that. For years and years and years you should be able to contain it. It's a good way to deal with it, because basically once it's deep into the ground and it's taken over you can't really deal with those areas for years, because you want to get those roots so they'll get no sunlight for years and years and eventually they will die out. So, it is man versus bamboo and I know you can do. So, go out there and dig it up. If you still don't want to deal with it cover it up. Put your shed on top of it. Put plastic on top of it. Put the swimming pool on top of it. Whatever it takes to get rid of it you've got to do it.