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Best machinery to remove bamboo 4'x3'

I've removed the growth of a border of bamboo and I'm now left with an area of ground thick with roots and as hard as concrete. I've had a couple of the lads on the team attack it with mattocks but to no avail. What do you suggest is the best tool/machine to remove the root system and regain the bed? Thanks in advance 

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  • PRO

    Mini digger with a 6" bucket will do it in no time but will cost a bit more than a mattock. 

  • Fire!!!

    No really. do it if you can

    • PRO

      Hi I can't set it on fire as its next to a fence and its too small an area to justify having a digger in 


      • sounds like your couple of lads have begun to cost more than a minidigger hire already

  • try a electric braker with a clay spade on the end if its only 4x3 ft 

  • Mini digger without a doubt... which bamboo is it?? I took out 20  linear metres of golden bamboo last year, around 25 years in the ground. 3.5 ton did it , anything less would have take alot longer..

  • You can do it with mattocks, as long as you dig a trench one side and undermine it.  Youy can then chop bits off once they're unsupported.  Make sure the mattocks are sharp! 

    As the others have said, a lot quicker with a mini-digger.

  • Get bigger lads..and feed them porridge.

  • Can I suggest they use mattocks to nibble small bits off instead of tyrying to hack chunks. I cleared a crazy dense section of similar size in a few hrs myself in the garden when we moved in. 

  • PRO

    Never easy

    Cut down low and use a electric repricating saw with a wood blade to cut straight through in sections. Use a metal spike or digging bar to prize out of the ground. Quickest way to achieve the result you require.


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