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Runner bamboo - how to stop it

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 07:56
Verdun says:

The warning is clear....don't plant bamboo unless you are sure it is a clump former.   Difficult if not impossible to eradicate a running bamboo 

tracing a runner is not practical...it will have taken many detours en route.

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 It depends on where it's growing as to whether or not it's practical to trace or not.  On mine the runners had grown under the lawn, so it was a case of tracing the runner from the parent plant and following each 'detour'.  It is time consuming and the lawn takes a bit of a beating, but so far I've only seen evidence of 2 small sections of runner I'd missed.  That's 2 years on from removing them.

Runner bamboo - how to stop it

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 17:28

The only way to get rid of the runners is to trace them back to the parent plant and them remove them entirely.  Once that is done you need to install some form of barrier to stop them escaping again.  It's both time consuming and hard work, but the only practical way.

The runners don't generally run very deep.

Do you remember?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 07:56

It really was a different world back then.  Simpler, safer....for kids at least.

They wont catch me......

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:26

Years ago I worked with a guy who was a cycling nut.  He came into work one day and proclaimed that he'd just got new cycling shorts with a chamois gusset.  I'm still traumatised by that image!

Do you remember?

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:22
fidgetbones says:

I think they were pre war, or 50's at best. We were at my nans along with three of my cousins and they got dragged out of a drawer.

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 What??  Your cousins lived in a drawer??!!

My neighbours must think I'm nuts!

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:19

My next door neighbour always cuts his grass after dark.  We can only assume he thinks the grass won't see the mower coming and so can't get out of the way!

Anyone know these gloves?

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 21:16

Interesting that none of their gloves are actually marketed as gardening gloves.  I haven't managed to find any which look like your photo's either.  Might we worth dropping the company an e-mail with the photo attached.  Never know they might even take pity on you and sent you a free pair.

Mares Tail

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 18:45

Marestail doesn't like competition so ground cover plants help to control it, but not eradicate it.  I would suggest trampling on the marestail to bruise it, assuming there aren't other plants there, and then spray with high concentration glyphosate.  Once it dies back try to get other stuff planted a.s.a.p.

Neighbours fence falling down

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 19:43

You need the sort of neighbours my niece has.  She recently moved to South Wales and the fence there was falling down.  Definitely her responsibility and she got it sorted.  Her neighbour insisted on paying half because they get half the benefit!

Turf laid by gardener

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 09:03

There shouldn't be any gaps between newly laid turfs.  In this weather it will need to be watered almost every day or the turfs will shrink.  As the new turf if dark in colour it doesn't sound as if it has been stored for long as it would actually be pale and straggly if it had been.

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