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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.
Copper sulfate?
 

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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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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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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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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. :dunno:
 

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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! :good2: and Good Luck! :bigthumb:
 

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Tell the neighbor that he needs to install a barrier on HIS property so it doesn’t encroach onto yours. Express to him you don’t want his plants on your property. If you get no help from him, and the local codes don’t restrict bamboo, go get some lime and mix it into the soil at the property line, the heavier the better. That should deter the roots from wandering your way for a while. You might have to do it again yearly if it rains a lot and rinses it down. Mix some cement bags into it if it’s not backing off. The trick is to spike the ph in the soil. Bamboo likes a low to mid ph and won’t grow in higher levels. The problem there though is grass won’t grow either. Unless you put a physical barrier there like afore mentioned, only high ph plants can grow there. I’d really talk to the neighbor and try to get him to contain his plants if you can though.
 

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Where I grew up, and my 92 Mom still lives there, her Dad (my Grandfather) planted it about 1960. It has to be one of the most hellish nuisance plants ever. In Spring shoots come up looks like asparagus, grows about a foot/day.
As mentioned it's a grass spread by roots. Once established it takes off like wildfire. Every time I go there it's hanging over driveway. It's very hard to control.
The ground barrier a foot down may work.

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Tell the neighbor that he needs to install a barrier on HIS property so it doesn’t encroach onto yours. Express to him you don’t want his plants on your property. If you get no help from him, and the local codes don’t restrict bamboo, go get some lime and mix it into the soil at the property line, the heavier the better. That should deter the roots from wandering your way for a while. You might have to do it again yearly if it rains a lot and rinses it down. Mix some cement bags into it if it’s not backing off. The trick is to spike the ph in the soil. Bamboo likes a low to mid ph and won’t grow in higher levels. The problem there though is grass won’t grow either. Unless you put a physical barrier there like afore mentioned, only high ph plants can grow there. I’d really talk to the neighbor and try to get him to contain his plants if you can though.
Good idea with the lime. I will try this. I know I will get no help from the neighbor. He is probably 75-80 and keeps his side clear of brush so the bamboo will grow and fill in so no one can see him sunbathing naked on his deck. LOL

Cant get to the area to mow. I have a fence about 1-2' on my side so really cant even get my tractor in there to dig up roots. Did some by hand then poured acid on the roots to kill it.
I will give the lime a try. It's cheap enough. I don't care about anything else growing their either. Would like to keep the fence line clear
 

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How wide is the area in question? Got any pictures? Can you fit a walk behind tiller in there?
 

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I can't see well from your avatar pic, but I'd get down and dirty with the tractor- like Tasmanian Devil crazy.

Bucket work, toothbar, mowers of any and all types. Even digging a 2 ft ditch at the fence. Got a tiller? I'm not sure you can dump enough chemicals to kill bamboo. Sawblade on a weedeater should work. Be sloppy as a nice clean cut don't mean anything- the stalk will just grow back.

Mechanical eradication bro! That's the recipe. You might try cutting it all down to ground level and staking the area with heavy (10 mil) black plastic tarps.

Or, run cattle along the fence- I hear the shoots are tasty. Boar might also work, but then you're just trading one problem for another (tastier) one. Maybe a goat or two?
 

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I believe you DO NOT mow it,, because the little pieces you throw during mowing will turn into plants,,
ALSO,, the mower will transport the pieces,, then you are fighting it somewhere else,,,

I have seen bamboo for sale in tourist traps,, they simply cut a little piece of bamboo, stick it in a cup of dirt,,
then a couple weeks later, they have a plant ready to sell,,,

It looks cute,, a new plant growing right out of a piece of bamboo stalk.

I would get what TreeFarmer recommended,, pramitol,,, We used it extensively in the 1970s,,

pramitol was even tried as a method to kill Johnson Grass in a field,,
the problem was,, years later,, the FIRST thing to grow in the pramitoled spot would be,, you guessed it,, Johnson Grass,,,

As far as a barrier, I have heard about bamboo growing roots under more than 4 feet of concrete width and roots pop up on the other side,,

Put down a foot wide strip of pramitol granules,, the bamboo will develop nice manners,, and stay where it belongs,,,

Hmmmm,, Treflan does such a good job on Johnson Grass,, I wonder if Treflan is worth a try,,

A two year treatment of 2 pints per acre of Treflan stopped Johnson Grass rhizomes,,
back then, it was the only thing that could effect the rhizomes,,,
 

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Ok I looked up the pramitol granules and seems I can get 25 lbs for about $90. Is that enough to put down a 1' wide strip at least 80' long? How thick do you put it down
 

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Ok I looked up the pramitol granules and seems I can get 25 lbs for about $90. Is that enough to put down a 1' wide strip at least 80' long? How thick do you put it down
I haven't used it for a while so best bet is to check the label. It's almost certainly on line, they pretty much all are.

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Lots of great advice here, and I like idea of talking to neighbor about it. (Take a vomit bag in case he's naked. Then tell him how bamboo is nuts and you need to get to the root of the problem).
Seriously, bamboo is truly horrific. Some time when I stop by Mom's place I'll take pictures.
You're correct you don't want it! I'm hoping neighbor is reasonable. Having grown up with bamboo, it I saw it coming I'd pay $thousands to get rid of it.
As kids we loved it after watching Tarzan, used it for fishing poles, forts, rafts, etc.
We even made tall scaffolding using bailing twine, bunch of it cut in 10 ft. sections.
As an adult it's right there with kudzu, honeysuckle, wild grapevine, multifloral roses, privit, poison ivy, English ivy, sumac (I better stop!).

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As an adult it's right there with kudzu, honeysuckle, wild grapevine, multifloral roses, privit, poison ivy, English ivy, sumac (I better stop!).

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Well I've got kudzu, honeysuckle, poison ivy, english ivy, virginia creeper.....:banghead:

However, my neighbor doesn't sunbath nude.


Do you have room to get a ditch witch between your fence and the property line?

You could then mix the soil with all kinds of stuff, including the chemicals, lime, pine needles, salt, nuclear waste.....
 
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