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Bamboos are usually desirable garden plants but, if left to grow unchecked, they can become invasive and spread beyond their bounds, turning into a weed. Follow this simple guide to get rid of bamboo, or at least bring it under control.
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:
If you have a bamboo that has got out of hand, you may want to bring it back under control, or just want to eradicate it completely. Complete eradication will take time and patience.
Eradicating unwanted growth
Eradicating the whole plant
Weedkillers for gardeners (Adobe Acrobat pdf document outlining weedkillers available to gardeners; see section 1a and 4)
Chemicals: using a sprayerChemicals: using safely and effectivelyChemicals: using spot and broadscale weedkillers
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