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How To Handle Bamboo in Your Yard


Bamboo is often used in landscaping to create a natural privacy barrier as it is dense and grows quickly. It is also popular in Asian inspired back yard spaces. However people often plant bamboo without understanding how to control it and how quickly it can become a problem. So whether you are starting to see your planned bamboo spread or if you have purchased a home that the previous owner planted bamboo, here is how to control its spread or remove it completely.

Bamboo regenerates from the roots.  For this reason digging up or tilling the earth does not usually work since tiny roots are always left behind. The best time of year to try and deal with bamboo removal is spring so if there are any sprouting roots you will see them during the process of removal.


Limiting Bamboo's Natural Spreading Tendency. 

Dig an 18" deep and 4" wide trench along the length of the area to be contained.   Fill with concrete. The concrete will act as a barrier to the spreading roots and will keep the plant contained.

Eliminating Bamboo:  

Cut the bamboo down as low as possible. Allow the Bamboo to regrow tall enough to weed eat or mow and then continue this process diligently.  The repeated new Bamboo growth demands will deplete the soil of nutrients needed and within a few months Bamboo shoots will stop trying.  This can take some time, but eventually this process will stop the bamboo from growing back.



Once you have your bamboo removed you can dry them out and use for building a fun bamboo structure for the kids, crafts or décor. Or time your removal with one of the cities brush pick up schedules, which you can find here. Just place your pile of brush on the front of your yard and the city will collect it. Check here to see when they come to your area:  Click Here for the Nashville Brush Collection Schedule

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