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    Bamboo issue

    My neighbor has bamboo growing and is on the border of my property. I want to keep it from encroaching onto my property. Is there any chemical barrier that I can use to keep it from spreading my way?
    I put some solar salt down but don't think that will do anything.
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    I would put down a line of gasoline or something to try and kill it.
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    Have you talked to your neighbor about it?

    Chemical treatment on you property / soil can migrate and/or kill stuff on the other side of the fence.

    I don't know anything about bamboo. I am fighting Kudzu.

    Previous owner of the property didn't care to do anything about it but was ok with me working on his side of the fence. The current owner is willing to help. He didn't even know what it was.

    I would have some kind of understanding with you neighbor before you start a control method. At least you'll know where you stand with them.
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    The only effective control of bamboo is physical barriers. You need a physical barriers that extends about 12" down into the dirt and is a 1 or 2" above grade to stop the roots from getting to your property.

    Bamboo is anamazingly Hardy and a powerful plant. It is actually a form of grass and the plant spreads via root growth. Any part of the root system can regrow an entire plot of bamboo which makes it extrodinarily hard to remove once it's become established.

    In the first 3-5 years after the bamboo is planted it will appear under control and stay in one spot. What you aren't seeing is the growth of the rizome system under ground. Once the rizome system is spread and strong the plant will spread rapidly. Most varieties are cold hardy and continue to grow thru the winter. Leaves are shed in the spring and after the leaves fall new growth and shoots will come up quickly from the ground.

    In a residential setting bamboo should be carefully contained. In my area every town has an ordinance banning you from planting it. There are a number of properties that have overgrown and uncontrollable patches of bamboo on them now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJadamec View Post
    The only effective control of bamboo is physical barriers. You need a physical barriers that extends about 12" down into the dirt and is a 1 or 2" above grade to stop the roots from getting to your property.

    Bamboo is anamazingly Hardy and a powerful plant. It is actually a form of grass and the plant spreads via root growth. Any part of the root system can regrow an entire plot of bamboo which makes it extrodinarily hard to remove once it's become established.

    In the first 3-5 years after the bamboo is planted it will appear under control and stay in one spot. What you aren't seeing is the growth of the rizome system under ground. Once the rizome system is spread and strong the plant will spread rapidly. Most varieties are cold hardy and continue to grow thru the winter. Leaves are shed in the spring and after the leaves fall new growth and shoots will come up quickly from the ground.

    In a residential setting bamboo should be carefully contained. In my area every town has an ordinance banning you from planting it. There are a number of properties that have overgrown and uncontrollable patches of bamboo on them now.
    This is pretty much what I have read about it. Was just hoping there was something other than a physical barrier that I could use to deter root growth in my direction.I would need 100' of barrier which would be extremely difficult to install. I'm not sure my town has an ordinance or not but have heard of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJadamec View Post
    The only effective control of bamboo is physical barriers. You need a physical barriers that extends about 12" down into the dirt and is a 1 or 2" above grade to stop the roots from getting to your property.

    Bamboo is anamazingly Hardy and a powerful plant. It is actually a form of grass and the plant spreads via root growth. Any part of the root system can regrow an entire plot of bamboo which makes it extrodinarily hard to remove once it's become established.

    In the first 3-5 years after the bamboo is planted it will appear under control and stay in one spot. What you aren't seeing is the growth of the rizome system under ground. Once the rizome system is spread and strong the plant will spread rapidly. Most varieties are cold hardy and continue to grow thru the winter. Leaves are shed in the spring and after the leaves fall new growth and shoots will come up quickly from the ground.

    In a residential setting bamboo should be carefully contained. In my area every town has an ordinance banning you from planting it. There are a number of properties that have overgrown and uncontrollable patches of bamboo on them now.
    I was going to say this as well. While I don't grow Bamboo, I do grow hops for home brewing and like Bamboo, it has rizomes that spread under the surface and it can get out of hand. Combine that with the fact that those of us the grow it for for use in brewing also most likely want to grow several varieties. Personally I grow mine in large planters so I can control what is where. Other people that would rather leave them in the ground and they will build a box (no bottom) from treated 2x12s. The rizomes will spread but do not go deep so as long as their physical barrier stays intact, they can control the spread of the plants. I don't know bamboo as well to say it only goes 12" deep but I am sure that could be researched and that is likely the best defense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Termite View Post
    This is pretty much what I have read about it. Was just hoping there was something other than a physical barrier that I could use to deter root growth in my direction.I would need 100' of barrier which would be extremely difficult to install. I'm not sure my town has an ordinance or not but have heard of them.
    Well it sounds easier to control than Kudzu.......and no chemicals involved.

    Each state and municipality differs in the laws about these things. You might do some checking but your neighbor may have some responsibility to control it.
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    Pramitol

    You can use chemical barriers/soil sterilizers like Pramitol. It basically sterilizes the soil and nothing grows for some time. It will migrate some but not very far. Unfortunately with bamboo, I think it will be a continual battle although I've heard that mowing the small plants as low as possible will help reduce the spreading.

    If you neighbor would be willing to remove it, that's the best thing.

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    Guessing it hasn't started growing on your property.. I would talk to the neighbor and see if they could move it to another location . If not , keep mowing that section or weedeat it as low as you can.

    Harley had a bush , may have been bamboo. apx 18" across a and every year would grow to about 3'-4' tall. and to me looked like dead grass.
    Every year had to cut it off.,, his wife like seeing it so after she passed away he told me to get mowing it off. After one season you can't tell where the plant was growing.
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    I'm no expert on bamboo, but I've looked into it to use as a privacy screen here. There are varieties of bamboo that don't spread, but chances are your neighbor won't know what he has - so I'd figure it's going to spread.

    You're going to need to go deeper than 12" to stop the roots from spreading. I was going to link to a website of a bamboo garden about 30 miles from here, but the site appears to be gone. They used to have a "planting guide" page on their site where they sold bamboo and the barriers. IIRC, the barrier was either 30" or 36" wide/deep. The recommendation was to dig a 3' deep hole, line the hole with the barrier and then plant the bamboo in the lined hole.

    Someone mentioned that bamboo is a grass - which it is. I've also read that if you keep it mowed down, you can "control it" to some degree. But it does grow fast so you probably have to mow often.

    For kicks, I Googled "Using Round-Up on Bamboo" and got a lot of results. Happy Reading! and Good Luck!
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