I tend to use CH3COOH and NaCl myself.
Sorry David but what are they ?
Vinegar and salt.
Sounds a bit chemically to me - you’ll be advocating use of dihydrogen monoxide in the garden next!!
Keep a bit for yer chips Dave
Well if I’d have been any good at chemistry and such I should have know that
Salt will contaminate the soil and make it diffiult for anything else to grow… I salted a driveway once and after it rained the plants in the adjacent beds died from salt run off
My friend has just bought some land with a river running at the bottom of it. She has cut down the enormous bamboo adjacent to the river but it’s starting to grow again.
Any ideas for killing it? She doesn’t want to use salt or any chemicals for fear of polluting the river.
Be interested in any advice Mandy, a neighbour has the same prob’, I inherited it in Portugal, a nightmare!
Noooo, that stuff is lethal, kills many people every year.
I’ve a feeling that with bamboo… it is not just a question of cutting it down… but removing the roots… rhizomes or whatever they are…
this could well be a difficult and long-term thing…
Yes, getting the rhizomes out is the answer…hard work though…
Definitely digging out as much of the bamboo as possible from as deep as possible, our friend found that the more she chopped the more shoots it sent up, her bamboo problem was coming from a neighbouring property ,a bit like japanese knotweed in my opinion
Bamboo can be a real pest. In a way, she may need to make an impenetrable perimeter (underground) between her neighbour and her own garden… to stop the roots running…
what does the neighbour think about it all… perhaps the neighbour is unaware of the problem… or, even better, might be persuaded to get rid of her offending bamboo too…
Unfortunately it is a tenanted property the bamboo is coming from and landlord is not bothered… a barrier would be best way but the bamboo comes up in her border and roses , maybe a regular painting with gel weedkiller or even injecting roundup so as not to ruin her plants, but may knock it back a bit
I know someone who controls a neighbours patch of knotweed in the same way . He does it when it is dark
For some reason France is way behind in the control of JKW, the river banks in Aubusson and Limoges are smothered in it.
Shouldn’t use round-up or similar anywhere near a watercourse. You could do great harm to the fish etc. It’s one of the reasons why JKW is so hard to control along watercourses.
Hammer a 50cm depth sheet of corrugated iron as a root barrier. And then chop and chop and chop anything your side of the barrier and it will eventually weaken.
It took us 2-3 years to get rid of a bamboo that previous owners had planted but eventually it went…
get a panda
Not sure that’s terribly practical
The neighbours have a couple of goats though
Thanks for all the responses on bamboo. Will pass on your comments.
Not yours @phillipcox
I have dealt with bamboo before. It has to be taken care of in the same manner as any plant that thrives via extensive root network… That is to say, one has to contain the network. So, if all of the bamboo must be removed, it can’t just be cut down, it must be dug up so that all roots are removed. If one wants to have a small area of bamboo, it’s possible to try to contain within an area, by creating a barrier sunk fairly deeply into the ground. But still, a plant is a plant and it will do its best to propagate. So, even with a barrier in the ground, one has to watch for wayward shoots pressing up outside of the barrier. Thankfully, the wayward shoots are easier to remove if one has spotted them early on. It’s just a matter of checking regularly, especially during the warmer months.