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Black bamboo killer?

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Just moved house and inherited a clump of black bamboo by the pond, I have cut it back to a manageable size, but there are so many suckers popping up all over the place, is there anything that will kill off the little bu88ers to save my back?

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1 hour ago, Paddy1000111 said:

Anything like POLO will kill it. A mix of MCPA/2,4D should knock it back without killing your grass 

Mcpa/ 24d to kill a grass ???

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1 hour ago, dumper said:

Mcpa/ 24d to kill a grass ???

Surprisingly yes. It seems to include bamboo in it's list of plants it enjoys killing anyway. For bamboo it recommends you cut it down and apply neat with certain products. I don't make the rules 🤷‍♂️

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3 hours ago, Lazurus said:

is there anything that will kill off the little bu88ers to save my back?

Hi, I made the mistake of planting bamboo [ not black ] protect a caravan and when it took hold it did the job but after a good few years it started putting out suckers up to about 3/4 yards away and it became obvious that it had to go.

 

I hit the main clumps with glyphosate several times which gradually worked very slowly, but I found the best way to get the suckers out was to undermine them as they're shallow and rip them out of the ground with a winch in the direction that they'd come from the main clumps and then treat any very small regrowth aggressively as it reappears....Wot a basturd.

 

If at all possible just cut to the chase at the start and get as much out with a small excavator.. I'd imagine that if you leave the main root clumps in the ground it'll probably come back anyway, good luck.

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I had to remove a whole load of bamboo recently which had grown from a neighbouring garden and up to against a kerb.
 

It was over 6 inches thick and even with a 3 tonne excavator it took a lot of force to get it out. On open ground with a good toothed bucket or better a ripper tooth, it should tear out more easily.

 

It doesnt seem to have grown back much, but will treat any regrowth.

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