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Invasive bamboos, what solution?


While bamboos have largely found their place in our gardens in recent years, it is nonetheless a subject to watch out for, at the risk of becoming invasive.

Bamboo growth must be limited if the garden is not to become virgin forest.

What are the means to prevent bamboo do become invasive?

Here are our answers to enjoy this superb bamboo without suffering the inconvenience.

  • Find here all our advice for grow your bamboos well

Solution to invasive bamboo

By far, the best technique to prevent bamboo from becoming invasive is to put in place an anti-rhizome barrier as soon as it is planted.

This plastic, concrete, wood or metal barrier will have to sink in at least 60-70 cm in the ground and protrude 10 cm above the level of the ground.

Be careful, if you use wood or metal, it is quite possible that over time matter eventually disintegrates and that the solution no longer works.

The method we recommend is then thepurchase of an anti rhizome barrier sold by the roll, and measuring 0.3 to 0.8 cm thick.

  • It is then enough to dig a hole of 60 cm deep
  • Arrange the barrier around, fill with soil and plant your bamboos.
  • Take care that the junction of the roll leaves no light and, for this, tape the 2 parts well together.
  • The bamboos will revolve around the film, rise to the surface and remain within the barrier set up

The rhizomes generally do not descend beyond 40 cm in depth but, as a precaution, the depth of 60 cm is recommended to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

To discover : how to plant a bamboo in video

Overcome the invasive bamboo

We haven't told you anything and you have planted your bamboo without protection and without anti rhizome barrier and you want to get over it.

The roots can travel several meters before emerging from the earth in the form of spears.

This is how some bamboo trees planted near the property line end up push at the neighbor

  • Start by removing the spears (young bamboo shoots) as they grow
  • To remove a stalk, simply break it dry with your hand
  • Give him no respite, the goal is to tire him out
  • By force, the bamboo becomes exhausted and eventually "gives up" to invade you.

Finally, for really intrusive bamboo planted for years, only the method of remove the strain is effective.

  • Using an excavator, dig into the stump and within a radius of up to 10 m around the stump
  • If there are spears left they will continue to grow and invade you

Non-invasive varieties of bamboo, known as non-tracing

There are also many varieties of bamboo, including fargesias, called non-tracing.

These bamboos have the advantage of remaining compact and their roots grow around the stump and not beyond.

Among the varieties of non-tracing bamboo, here are some names:

  • Fargesia Murielae Bimbo
  • Fargesia Angustissima
  • Fargesia scabrida

Find here all our tips for cultivating your bamboo properly

Video: The Best Way to Contain Spreading Bamboo. The Barefooted Gardener (October 2020).