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  • Depending on the area, I would be inclined to mattock it out. It works for me and frankly there is too much herbicides being used unnecessarily in my view. If it is a large area, cut the bamboo down with a hedge cutter, clear it away and hire a mini digger and scoop the roots out and then have a bonfire in situ if possible. I have done that successfully with Sasa Palmatum bamboo down in Cornwall. 

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      It's not possible to mattock it out as it's in a narrow brick raised bed with a high wall behind so impossible to get any swing or leverage.  Thanks for the lecture though!

       

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    Something with triclopyr (like SBK). I have never tried it on bamboo but I often use a weedburner successfully, may be an option?

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      I'll take a look at SBK not heard of it as I only really use gylphosate occasionally. How would a weed burner help surely that wouldn't kill the roots?

       

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        You're right about the weedburner. I didnt really think it through there...

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      I'll take a look at SBK not heard of it as I only really use gylphosate occasionally. How would a weed burner help surely that wouldn't kill the roots?

       

  • The problem with weedkilling it is that you'll still be left with all the root and stump material in the bed for years to come. It really should be physically removed even if it's a slow and painful process! 

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      Agree -- and the canes are best used as leverage to rock out. 

      Not going to be easy but any weedkill is still going to leave you with an unusable bed for the forseeable future -- they wont rot down for a very long time -- you could weedkill and then raise the bed a foot and plant plants that would like a small dry root run -- but otherwise not much will be growing there 

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        The garden has been neglected for years and it's a student house so no-one is going to be planting anything they just want it tidy and manageable so we'll be digging out what we can and spraying anything that regrows.

         

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    glyphosate plus Validate adjuvant works really well...will need repeated treatment but best on young growth when its approx 1m high and plenty of foliage...

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