HOW TO REMOVE BAMBOO (10 STEPS)
Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth, with reported growth rates of 100 cm (39 in) in 24 hours. Its growth rate is dependent on local soil and climatic conditions, as well as species, and a more typical growth rate for many commonly cultivated bamboos in temperate climates is in the range of 3–10 centimeters (1.2–3.9 in) per day during the growing period.
Belonging to a tribe of flowering perennial evergreen plants in the grass family, bamboos are the largest members, mainly composed of cellulose and lignin, about 70% and 20% respectively. Unlike trees, individual bamboo stems, or culms, emerge from the ground at their full diameter and grow to their full height in a single growing season of three to four months. During these several months, each new shoot grows vertically into a culm with no branching out until the majority of the mature height is reached. Then, the branches extend from the nodes and leafing out occurs. The pulpy wall of each culm slowly hardens as the years go by. During their third year, the culm hardens further, making the shoots fully mature culms. Around 5–8 years later, culm will collapse and decay. This brief life means culms are ready for harvest and suitable for use, especially in construction, within about three to seven years. Individual bamboo culms do not get any taller or larger in diameter in subsequent years than they do in their first year, and they do not replace any growth lost from pruning or natural breakage.
Bamboo has a variety of properties that made it one of the most useful plants on Earth. Its most distinguished and useful properties can be described as:
Bamboo is not a wood, it is a grass. Stems are ready for harvest within 5 years.
After harvesting the mother plant, new shoots continue to develop from the root system
Evenly distributed stresses:
In bamboo, there are no rays or knots, which give bamboo a far more evenly distributed stresses throughout its length.
Without rays or knots, its natural appearance is smooth and coherent.
Specific gravity (SG) is a measure of the density of a substance. The specific gravity of a substance is a comparison of its density to that of water. The specific gravity of bamboo varies between 0.4 and 0.8. It is very light.
Positively related to adhesion. It has high wettability so that bamboo strips can be glued firmly.
Bamboo is elastic and very resistant.
High wear resistance:
It has high wear resistance.
Younger bamboo shoots have been food supply for a long time. There is no need to worry about the material safety when used as kitchenware.
However, the many properties of bamboo make it an all-purpose problem solver and suitable for a wide range of applications like:
Bamboo can be used for construction as it is or cut and laminated into sheets and planks. Bamboo has also long been used as scaffolding. Various structural shapes may be made by training the bamboo to assume them as it grows. Bamboo has been used as reinforcement for concrete. Several institutes, businesses, and universities are working on the bamboo as an ecological construction material. In developed countries like the US and France, it is even possible to get houses made entirely of bamboo, which are earthquake and cyclone-resistant and internationally certified.
Bamboo is used in Chinese medicine for treating infections and healing. In the Indian system of traditional medicine, the silicious concretion found in the culms of the bamboo stem is said to be a tonic for the respiratory diseases.
Because the fibers of bamboo are very short (less than 3 mm), they are impossible to transform into yarn in a natural process.
Bamboo fiber has been used to make paper in China since early times. A high-quality, handmade paper is still produced in small quantities. Coarse bamboo paper is still used to make spirit money in many Chinese communities.
Bamboo’s natural hollow form makes it an obvious choice for many musical instruments, most commonly flutes.
Bamboo Display & Furniture
A bamboo display is a display with a support structure made out of bamboo. Bamboo has a long history of use in Asian furniture. Chinese bamboo furniture is a distinct style based on a millennia-long tradition.
The shoots (new culms that come out of the ground) of bamboo are edible. They are used in numerous Asian dishes and broths, and are available in supermarkets in various sliced forms, in both fresh and canned versions. Bamboo is frequently used for cooking utensils within many cultures, and is used in the manufacture of kitchenware, such as chopsticks, cutting board etc. In modern times, some see bamboo tools as an ecofriendly alternative to other manufactured utensils.
Several manufacturers offer bamboo bicycles and skateboards. Due to its flexibility, bamboo is also used to make fishing rods. Bamboo can be used in water desalination. A bamboo filter is used to remove the salt from seawater.
Live bamboo is popular as an inexpensive, natural privacy fencing material which is about as green as you can ever get. You won’t have to wait long before your fence is all grown up as bamboos are remarkably fast-growing. However, rapid bamboo growth is exactly what can turn this plant into a problem. Invasive bamboo species quickly grow not only upward but also outward, taking over 3-5 feet of new territory per year. Bamboo growth can and will take over your yard and that of your neighbors’. In the process, other less aggressive plants tend to be crowded out. This reduces native plant varieties and limits the biodiversity of your neighborhood.
The problem of invasive bamboo species has become so severe that we are left with no other option but to prune and remove bamboos that cause nuisance to us and our environment. But then, removing bamboos is one of the most difficult things to do. What makes removing bamboo so difficult is that it is not just about getting rid of the rapidly spreading stalks and leaves which are easily visible in your yard. Below the surface of the earth, as well, running bamboo growth is rapidly taking place through its underground stems (called rhizomes) that must be removed as well.
You will have to deal with the rhizome system carefully whether you want to eliminate or just contain bamboo growth on your property.
This is why these bamboo removal methods have been tested and found worthy of both usage and referral.
Methods Of Removing Bamboo
1. Getting Rid of Bamboo By Employing Tarps.
An effective method used for getting rid of bamboo is smothering it with tarps. However, note that the bamboo plants may be able to outflank the tarps by spreading beyond their perimeters. Therefore, employing tarps can result in the bamboo’s popping up somewhere else in the yard.
2. Getting Rid of Bamboo by Digging Out The Rhizomes.
Digging can be a very effective way of get rid of bamboo naturally. This method may work for a small stand of bamboo, but it is problematic for larger stands. Pick a shoot to start with and begin digging gingerly around the base. After you have loosened the soil enough to wiggle the plant, tug at it gently, and try to pull up as much of the plant and its rhizome system as possible with your tug. When you have done your best in that area, move onto another shoot, and repeat the process.
Chances for success using this method will be enhanced if the soil is moist. So water the affected area beforehand.
3. Getting Rid of Bamboo by Separating the Bamboo You Wish To Kill.
Rhizomes connect bamboo culms, or stalks, underground because they grow quickly and close to the surface of the ground. By cutting through the rhizomes, you can separate and contain bamboo. Using the tip of a heavy shovel is the easiest method for cutting through rhizomes by slicing them.
If you want to get rid of an entire grove of bamboo, you’ll want to work from the outer edges inward. Separate the outer ring of bamboo first so that the bamboo gets contained in one area. Depending on how large a grove you’re working with, this may take weeks, months or even years.
This technique is also effective if you want to preserve a section of bamboo. Cut through the rhizomes that connect sections of bamboo so that they will no longer spread and continue growing together. Continue with the process of killing one section while allowing the other to live. You’ll need to periodically cut back the remaining section to keep it from “running” underground and spreading to other areas.
4. Getting Rid of Bamboo By Mowing Down The Culms.
Now that the rhizomes are cut, shear back the culms as close to the ground as possible. For thin stalks, you may be able to use a lawnmower or a lopper. For larger ones, you might have to break out a chainsaw. If you keep the area maintained over time, the bamboo won’t have the chance to get quite so large again.
You can cut the culms at any time of year, but doing it in the spring when you see new growth is a good time to get rid of bamboo. The bamboo is using its energy stores, and you’ll be able to get rid of more of it more quickly than if you attempt to get rid of it while it’s dormant.
5. Getting Rid of Bamboo by Mowing and Digging Until Few Shoots Are Found.
You’ll certainly miss some rhizomes the first few times around, so you’ll need to use the same method several more times before the bamboo is completely gone. If you’re working in the spring, the growth cycle will happen quickly, and you’ll be able to get rid of a substantial amount of bamboo in a few days’ time. During other times of year you may need to check the area for new growth every few weeks.
6. Getting Rid of Bamboo by Using A Root Barrier.
If your neighbor’s bamboo continually creeps into your yard, you can keep it contained by installing a root barrier in the affected area. Rolls of plastic root barrier are available in home and garden stores. Metal and concrete barriers are also effective.
You can dig a trench that will act as a barrier if you’d prefer not to use a non-porous material in your yard.
Installing a pond or stream will also effectively block bamboo roots.
7. Getting Rid of Bamboo by Using Herbicides.
Applying an herbicide to the leaves of bamboo shoots may help to prevent new growth from occurring. However, this doesn’t always work as well as removing culms and rhizomes by hand. It might be tricky to find a chemical that works for the particular species of bamboo you’re dealing with. Even if you do find one that works, you could end up killing other plants or wrecking your neighbor’s treasured bamboo grove in the process.
If you want to try an herbicide, use a glyphosate herbicide or a selective-grass herbicide directly on new bamboo growth each time it appears. A selective-grass herbicide is not as effective as the glyphosate type in controlling bamboo, but it may be used in flower beds or around ornamental shrubs. 
In order for the herbicide to be effective, it’s important that you spray any new shoots as soon as they appear.
8. Getting Rid of Bamboo by Pouring Boiling Water Over the Roots.
Using boiling water to kill bamboo is more natural and environmentally friendly than using an herbicide. Whenever you see new shoots growing in, boil water and dump it over the roots and shoots of the plant.
9. Getting Rid of Bamboo by Buying A Clumping Bamboo Species.
Not all bamboo species “run” all over the yard; some actually stay contained when you plant them. Ask an expert at your local nursery to help you choose a species that won’t take over your property.
10. Getting Rid of Bamboo by Planting It In A Container.
This is a simple way to enjoy bamboo while making sure it doesn’t get out of control. Most bamboo species do well in large containers that may be placed on your porch or in your yard.
These methods, having been carefully tested and trusted, are effective ways of getting rid of over-growing bamboos and with these tools for its removal: a shovel, hatchet, ax, pick, strong maddox, and a long, strong pry bar are the most common tools used for removing bamboo. When we dig a large area of a giant timber species, we also use a carbide-tipped chain saw and a special heavy duty chopping bar. If you have access to such tools, they will save you time and effort, and bamboo nuisance will become a dream that didn’t make it to reality. Contact us or 516-4767249