Overgrown Bamboo

GranumSeptember 5, 2012

I recently moved into a place and there is an overgrown Bamboo plant that droops even into the neighbors backyard. I've never had a Bamboo before so my question is, what do I do with it? How do I tune up & maintain it?

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P.S. If anyone can identify the type of plant, that would be nice but not important.


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It's looked like a black bamboo to me. I started a black bamboo in my backyard last year. Mine is not as tall as yours.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 12:27AM
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The best way to deal with the uncontrolled bamboo problem is to mow down the shoots as they come in. As they are shooting, they are very soft and easy to cut down, you can even kick them over. Black bamboo will shoot April, May and June, with some wimpy shoots about a month on either side of it.

As for cutting down established and hardened off culms, good luck. You may use a sawzall and a chainsaw. They are both pretty effective, but the "fiberglass" nature of the plant will dull many blades.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 12:43AM
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