How do you kill bamboo (intentionally or accidentally)?
Some people think of bamboo as an unstoppable force that will invade and dominate. In our climate this is not true. Bamboo requires summer precipitation and humidity during its growing season to thrive so the easiest way to stop it is to cut off its water supply.
To sum up, the following will kill or damage bamboo:
1. Flooded, saturated soil can kill in a few months depending on soil type and bamboo species.
2. Lack of irrigation and dry soil. (This may take a series of dry summers.)
3. Systemic herbicides (such as Roundup).
4. Repeated cutting to ground level.
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