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13/09/2012 at 18:55

I have quite a problem with my neighbours bamboo which is quite a thug.  It is 9ft tall and becoming very rampant, sending thumb-sized spears through into my garden. They travel about 6 inches below the surface and have quite strong roots along their length; it's a hell of a job trying to stop them taking over that end of my garden.  I have tried digging them up but that's quite a task. I would be very grateful if anyone could offer some sort of solution to how I deal with this problem please.

13/09/2012 at 19:34

I am afraid its a thug and will take alot to get rid of if at all.

13/09/2012 at 19:47

I have heard of people sinking a barrier along their boundary beneath the bottom of their fence to stop bamboo from being able to come through. I can't say how well this works as I haven't had to do it myself.

Have you explained to your neighbour how much of a problem it is?

13/09/2012 at 19:48

I think I'd try digging a trench and lining it with Rootex barrier

Good luck 

14/09/2012 at 08:19

Gardenguy, if possible, I'd have a word with the neighbours about the problem. It's only going to get worse and there's nothing much you can do. As fast as you dig it out, more will follow. Barriers are of limited use. The runners grow underneath - and even around - most obstacles in their path. I write from bitter experience.

14/09/2012 at 08:27

This seems to be a common problem. There are some other threads about this. For example:

But the real problem is not the bamboo. It can't help doing what it was made for. The problem is the gardeners.

It really isn't sensible to grow an invasive bamboo right next to someone else's garden. And it's even questionable whether it's sensible to grow such a plant at all.

And another part of the problem is your relationship with your neighbour. You ought to have a chat with him, and discuss the problem together, and decide between yourselves what to do.

14/09/2012 at 08:31

I foresee bamboo becoming the cupressus leylandii of the 21st century 

14/09/2012 at 08:35

I foresee it becoming the Twitter of the 21st century - invasive, indestructible and insufferable.

14/09/2012 at 08:58

We had this problem in our old house. We took to regularly cutting shoots off at ground level if they came up through the grass, and making a hole in the middle of where we'd cut and putting weedkiller in it. Worked to a certain extent, but it was a nightmare. We were too chicken to speak to our neighbour, but I would say that's your best bet. Must be affecting their garden as well I would have thought!

14/09/2012 at 21:00
My neighbour had stag horn sumach in,his garden that began to threaten my garden. I spoke to him after removing my hands from his throat and explained the,habits,of,this,thing. We both removed it, no hassles ..end of problem. Always best to talk to your neighbour
14/09/2012 at 21:00

I planted a bamboo several years ago not realising it was invasive, it formed large clumps also spread by runners under the membrane and slate into the lawn. I killed the main clumps with weedkiller, several applications, which has been successful but some of the runners are still alive. I paint the leaves with glyphosate and am slowly winning. Hurrah.

27/09/2012 at 23:37

Hi All, Many thanks for all your suggestions. My neighbour planted it at the back of his Koi pond (his pride and joy) and isn't going to dig it all up to get rid of it so I'll continue cutting it back and using weedkiller. 

15/07/2013 at 13:31

Amateur gardener.

I am having the same problems and am desperate to find a solution without killing the plants it is trying to strangle.  Why do people put htis stuff in their gardens and why on earth do garden centres sell it?  It is a nightmare and seems to grow as you watch.

 I will try to dig and use the weed killer.  Which is the best to use? Do I water with it, spray it or what? Any information would be greatly appreciated.  I have beautiful Peonies and Maidenhair ferns being slowly engulfed!

01/08/2014 at 09:41

I've just moved into a house with this problem. It comes from my next door neighbour and the neighbour the other side has got runners his side too.! My whole lawn is covered in the damn things. So far I've cut down everything to ground level and mowed over them.

I've got 125ft back garden so can see this is going to be a huge job to eradicate. I've been to the recycling centre with over 20 huge bags of the stuff and it also seems to be a breeding haven for slugs and snails

I dug up most of my old garden (from a rented house which had a nightmare garden of nettles and brambles when I moved in too) and its all sitting in hundreds of pots at mums but think I will leave it there until I've got on top of this. Sounds sad but I'm desperately missing my well loved nurtured plants.


01/08/2014 at 10:55

Amateur gardener, any glyphosate will do if you go down that path. Best to paint it onto exposed wood. Stick with the dosage indicated on the container. Don't be tempted to increase the dose on the basis that it will quicken the process. Too strong and the glyphosate will only kill off the growth in the immediate area of the application and not travel any further through the system.

I found digging the best solution with glyphosate as a fall back. Problem is, while the neighbour's plant remains, the invasion will just go on.

06/01/2015 at 01:02

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06/01/2015 at 09:40
Did you mean to write 'exposed wood' rather than 'foliage.' Usually glyphosate won't work if sprayed on wood. But it will work if sprayed on young shoots.
11/01/2015 at 19:06

I've seen a glyphosate product that claims to work on the freshly cut stump of a tree. Can't say it did, but I've seen it claim to.

Normally, glyphosate is sprayed or wiped onto green leaves. Mix as per instructions, apply very little (if it's dripping off, you're wasting it and killing the other plants below) and leave it to dry. If it rains, you'll have to try again. If you're after an invader that's right next to a plant you really want to keep, protect your desired plant with an upturned bucket, an upturned water butt, a decapitated 2l drink bottle or whatever else you can put over it, then wrap the target plant in kitchen roll, soak that in weedkiller, put a plastic bag over it and tape it into place, so the weedkiller is held against the target and can't go anywhere else. Wash your hands twice before you remove the protective bucket.

Something to know in advance: glyphosate is systemic, meaning you apply it to the leaves of "this shoot over here" and it goes down into the roots and kills the whole plant. This is great if you want to take out the bindweed, because you only have to unwind one vine from your hedge and poison that and it'll get the whole colony, but it does mean you could target a plant in your garden and find out a month later than you've killed the parent plant next door.

Plead ignorance!

11/01/2015 at 20:33

I too have a bamboo problem, I cut the plant down as low as I can and inject stump killer into the stump.  I'm sure I read somewhere that you have 20 seconds to inject it before it heals over and it wont work.  Have yet to figure out if it is working or not.  

In the meantime further along I have lots of shoots coming up from an area we cleared before i knew that trick so I might glyphosate on those new shoots. 

good luck ! 

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