Japanese bamboo, along with other species of bamboo, are extremely versatile plants and are difficult to completely kill off. Bamboo will grow rapidly and cause issues where gardening is concerned if left untreated. The rhizomes (or roots) burrow deep into the soil and have a tendency to spread horizontally beneath the earth. Simply cutting off the shoots and flowers of the bamboo will not kill the root system. The root system must be killed completely to avoid persistent bamboo growth.
Things You'll Need
- Herbicides that contain dicamba or glyphosate
- Thick rubber gloves
- Pruning shears
- Small handsaw
Apply the herbicide to all off the bamboo stalks, including the leaves, until the bamboo is dripping. Cut off each stalk at the base and immediately drench the cut with herbicide. You must saturate the stalk cut immediately before the sap seeps deep into the plant or the herbicide will not be able to soak down into the root system.
Cut down the remaining bamboo stalks individually and repeat the herbicide application to the stalk cuts in the same manner as you did the first. Check the bamboo for growth after a couple of weeks. You may have to repeat the stalk cutting and herbicide saturation several times before the bamboo completely dies off.
Dig up the rhizomes, using a shovel, that are buried deep beneath the ground if the herbicides would affect nearby plant life. Completely remove all of the bamboo roots to stop any further growth. Dispose of the bamboo remnants in an appropriate trash receptacle.
- Photo Credit Bamboo Stems image by Snow Queen from Fotolia.com
Will Salt or Vinegar Kill Bamboo?
Running bamboo can overtake a yard if you're not vigilant, sending new shoots up everywhere. Vinegar and salt may seem like natural...
How to Grow Japanese Bamboo Plants
Japanese bamboo (scientific name Polygonum cuspidatum) is also known as Japanese Knotweed. It is most commonly seen in the northeast area of...
How to Get Rid of Japanese Knotweed
Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum), sometimes called Mexican bamboo, is a shrubby perennial that thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones...
How to Kill Bamboo Permanently
Bamboo is a tough plant that is notoriously hard to kill. Though many people enjoy its delicate appearance and use it to...
How to Kill Weeds That Look Like Bamboo
That weed in your garden that looks like bamboo is very likely Japanese knotweed. Sometimes called Mexican bamboo, Japanese knotweed grows vertically...
How to Kill Bamboo So it Will Not Regenerate Itself
Bamboo is a tall grass with an invasive disposition and a perennial lifespan. One plant with a healthy rhizome is enough to...
What Are Chemicals That Kill Bamboo?
Bamboo grows quickly without a lot of special attention, which makes it suitable for inexperienced gardeners. The main problem with bamboo is...
Faux Bamboo Trim
Faux bamboo trim can be used in any area where the look of bamboo is desireable without using bamboo. Many companies sell...