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We have one of the most common bamboo plants which we have grown for approx 30 years. It was quite contained with a slate surround, however in the last two years it has spread and has taken over part of a lawn and herbaceous border. We disturbed the roots at approx that time. How can we now curtail it? Would really like some suggestions.



You can either try to contain them with a barrier like you had before, or useing a spade chop the runners [rhizomes] off near to the base of the plant, a good time is now with autumn approaching, and you can repeat this through the seasons if you so wish.

1 Sep, 2011


I've found the roots impossible to chop as Julien suggests - they were like iron bars. I found that Roundup had partial success in killing some of it off.

1 Sep, 2011

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