neighbour has bamboo growing next to our fenceline. They
did not plant it, but they left it as it 'looked' non-invasive and
controllable. WRONG. It is shooting up into our Dublin
Bay and our lawn. We have tried digging it out, but considering
how deep we had to dig, we think this is only going to be a temporary
solution. Our neighbour is as keen as we are to get rid of
it. What can we do?
asked our weed and agrichemical expert, Reg Lewthwaite, for his
There are two answers.
The first is to dig it out. If it's the giant bamboo this
means getting a bulldozer in to uproot and remove the root system.
You won't get through it with a garden spade.
The other solution is
to spray the young leaves with glyphosate (Roundup) and wait while
the chemical kills the plant.
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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