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I have always been one of those people who loves to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for others, which is why I started looking at landscaping design in the first place. It was incredible to me to see how much of a difference I was able to make by adding a few new plants, and after that first project, I wanted to help other people. I started volunteering to help friends and neighbors do their landscaping, and after a few months, I had developed quite a following. This blog is all about creating a warm, inviting yard through smart landscaping and an eye for detail.

Creating An Inviting Yard

Too Many Bamboo Plants? How To Remove Them And Tips To Keep Them Under Control

by Addison Washington

If you have too many bamboo plants in your yard, you can remove them. It almost always comes back over time, however. Keep reading for some tips on removing them, as well as what you can do to keep them under control.

Remove Bamboo

The best way to remove bamboo is to do it manually. To do this, use a hand saw to cut down as much of the bamboo pole as you can. You then use a shovel to remove the roots, which are also called rhizomes. The roots are large and can be difficult to remove. Get the soil wet to make digging out the rhizomes easier for you. Use the shovel to loosen the soil and then dig as deep as you can. You can tell when you hit the root. If you are having problems removing it, move the shovel over until you get to the side of the root and then remove it. Rhizomes can grow a few feet deep into the soil the longer the bamboo has stayed in the ground. 

You can dry out the bamboo that you cut down and use it for DIY purposes. For example, you can use them to make edging for a garden, make fencing, and make planters. You can also recycle bamboo if you do not want to do any of these things. 

Control Bamboo

Your bamboo will likely start to grow back again because it is invasive and hard to remove permanently. Mow over the area as soon as you see bamboo shoots start to stick out of the ground. When you finish mowing, dig up the roots with your shovel. These roots will be easy to dig up as they will be much smaller. 

Apply an herbicide on the area when you see bamboo start to grow. This will kill the shoots before they have a chance of becoming larger. Again, shovel out any roots that may be there. You can use the shovel to dig around the bamboo plants to expose the roots. Boil a large pot of water and pour the boiling water on the roots to kill them.

These things will have to be done continually to keep the bamboo away. You may find that over time, the bamboo will die permanently but this may take a long time to happen.

Contact a local bamboo removal company, such as Bamboo Removal by Jose Benitez, to learn more.