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..."