How to remove bamboo plant?
How to Kill Bamboo Permanently
Various species of bamboo, which are technically large evergreen grasses, are used as ornamentals throughout landscapes. Bamboo offers either a clumping or a spreading habit. Where the bamboo is no longer wanted or a specimen has spread beyond its desired position, physical removal or other treatment is necessary. For small clumps of bamboo or when only a portion of a bamboo stand is not wanted, mechanical removal methods are useful; to kill a large stand herbicide application is warranted.
Mow, chop or saw the clump of bamboo down to near ground level. Use a mower or trimmer for bamboo with thin shoots; a heavy loppers or saw is necessary for larger shoots.
Mow or otherwise cut down the stand of bamboo as it reemerges regularly, with about the same frequency as a home lawn. Rigorous mowing can deplete the bamboo's resources and kills unwanted bamboo within a few years. Alternatively, dig up the bamboo root mass.
Dig up small clumps of bamboo after shoots are cut down. Although these plants can spread extensively, their roots are fairly shallow, typically growing less than a foot deep. Remove as much of the root mass and rhizomes as possible.
Monitor the bamboo removal site regularly for at least a year, digging or pulling up the roots of new shoots as they emerge.
Mow, chop or saw the bamboo close to ground level.
Monitor the bamboo shoots regularly for regrowth. Once the new shoots are 3 feet tall or their leaves have expanded, apply the herbicide.
Spray the bamboo leaves with a herbicide that contains glyphosate or imazapyr. Thoroughly treat the foliage so that the leaves are completely covered with herbicide but not to the extent that the chemical drips off of the leaf.
Monitor the treated bamboo clump regularly for at least a year, inspecting it for regrowth.
Spray herbicide on any regrowth that appears once its leaves have expanded.
Things You Will Need
Mower, heavy loppers or saw
Spade, shovel or other digging implement
Measuring tape or ruler
Glyphosate- or imazapyr-containing herbicide
Herbicide spray applicator
Herbicides are most effective when applied to bamboo that is not drought-stressed when there is little or no wind and temperatures are below about 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use a type of tool appropriate for the thickness of the bamboo cane and handle all tools carefully.
Always apply herbicides carefully, following manufacturer recommendations for safe and effective use.
Apply non-selective herbicides like glyphosate or imazapyr carefully, as any drift or runoff of these chemicals can injure or kill any plants they come into contact with.