Bamboo - loved by some, hated by others

Bamboo - loved by some, hated by others. How does one get rid of it when it's no longer wanted in a home garden? How does one contain it if they want to keep it?

In California and other parts of the western United States, The Sunset Western Garden Book is considered by many to be the gardener's "bible." It is a treasure trove of information.  It is my "go to" source for answers to questions of this sort.

Here's part of what I read this morning in my copy, the 40th annivesary edition:

"Creeping bamboo can be contained. Make 1-1/2 ft-deep barriers with strips of galvanized sheet metal or with poured concrete or plant in long flue tiles..... Another way to limit spread of large running bamboos: dig a foot-deep trench around plant and sever any rhizomes that grow into it; ..."

and: "there are several ways to eliminate unwanted bamboo. digging it out with mattock and spade is the surest method..."


--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 5 commentsLottie Kendall • September 27 2013 11:09AM


We have bamboo in South Carolina and over a few years I have seen it take over an empty lot.  It spreads like crazy.  Great information!


Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) about 7 years ago

As one that had bamboo in my yard in NY I am one that HATES it. It was awful. Digging it up didn't even help

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 7 years ago

Lottie - I love learning new things and this was mine for today!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) about 7 years ago

Lottie, the only Bamboo I've had to deal with is my flooring in the office, which I love, it wears like iron and looks great, and as quick as it grows I'm guessing it's the ultimate in renewable resources.

Posted by Nancy Laswick, Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun (United Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Lottie, your title says it all about Bamboo!  It can quickly take over.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 7 years ago