What is bamboo
Bamboos are usually valuable ornamental plants. However, if not kept under control some bamboos can become invasive garden weeds – particularly the types that spread by rhizomes (underground stems).
While bamboos are usually a good, ornamental plant, here are some of the problems encountered:
Bamboo shoots may pop up anywhere in the garden: neighbouring land or even through solid barriers, such as in patios and conservatory floors. Most weed-suppressant groundcover fabrics will not stop bamboo from spreading
The problem tends to be with the invasive types of bamboo. These bamboos spread via long rhizomes, which help the plant to colonise new areas
The clump-forming bamboos can also grow out of control but do not tend to spread as much as the running bamboos
This plan is undertaken when the requirement is for a site to be completed bamboo free. The area is excavated and the root system is chased back to its origin and then the contaminated soil is removed to a specialist licensed landfill site. The surrounding and transportation area is fully protected during the process using geotextile membranes to ensure no further site contamiination.