rid of bamboo
have recently moved into a property which, to our dismay, has a
variety of bamboo plants which we would like to remove. In particular
is some type of giant bamboo which we have cut right down to the
base and sprayed with a woody weedkiller. We have also tried to
dig out the base with a 1/2 tonne digger to no avail, as even the
digger seemed unable to dig it up. Is there an easy way to kill
this notorious weed? Yours, bamboozled.
is effective in controlling bamboo. Cut the bamboo down to ground
level. When it starts shooting again, spray with Amitrole. The best
time to do this is autumn and spring, so March is a good time. Repeat
applications will be required to achieve a complete kill.
Amitrole kills weeds
slowly, so do not expect results overnight. Effects may not become
visible for about 3-4 weeks.
This is a non-hormonal
weedkiller with a short soil life. Woody weedkiller has no effect
Good luck and persevere.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
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