Getting Rid of Bamboo
Bamboo is evil incarnate and when things settle down in the great beyond I'm going to inquire of the Creator the same thing about bamboo as about mosquitos -- WHY? I own a like house about 1/2 mile inside North Carolina from VA. In a moment of ultimate naivetI planted a couple of stalks of bamboo near the house to add a little green and provide a little shade. Dumb, dumb, dumb! Seriously, things were just fine for about 12 years. Just a few stalks and they seemed to remain localized. Then, wham-o. The bamboo started taking over the house. Worse, it started taking over the septic system and the roots infiltrated the system. The bamboo must have thought it was in bamboo Nirvana. Hundreds of dollars later there is still a possibility I'll have to install an entire new system which, because of trees covering the potential drainage field, will cost tens of thousands of $$$$. Sad. I appreciate all the suggestions on this site. I'm starting a multi-pronged attack starting with photosynthesis deprivation followed, probably, by the application of salt or the vinegar solution, and then covering with root barrier and a thick layer of dirt. I'll also be praying for the Creator's mercy in dealing with His pesky invention.