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Killing Mature Bamboo

We recently purchased our first home and our backyard has been taken over by the neighbor's bamboo!!

I've done some research and have seen articles that recommend cutting the bamboo and painting the fresh cut with herbicide, but I've found almost all of these stalks are mature and dry, so painting anything on them wouldn't get us anywhere.

What should my next step be? I've gotten all of the stalks cut down and am thinking the next thing to do is start cutting out the root system, and perhaps paint the herbicide on the cuts? Will this put any poisons into my ground that I should be worried about, if I plan to plant veggies in the future?

*sorry for the sideways picture, can't figure out how to get it upright! ;)

Timothy Miller
Re: Killing Mature Bamboo

Howdy some bamboo is very aggressive and only installig a 3' deep metal isolation barrier will stop the shoots from coming into your yard.

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