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Question DetailsAsked on 4/18/2017

My neighbor bamboos tall and the roots have damaged my lawn and roots are all over up my wall and below my deck

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Put the word bamboo into the Ask box, and it will pop up a number of previous similar questions with info on how to kill bamboo.

VERY tenacious stuff and hard to kill and digging it just promotes more growth at every cut end (unless you excavate and remove the soil in mass). Basically the kill-all Roundup Concentrate Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer, injected into the roots at full strength and applied to the leaves at recommended strength (diluted), is the only way to reliably kill this plant. Full strength in the roots for maximum effect unless there are other trees or shrubs in the area you do not want to kill, but you do not want to use full strength on the leaves because ANY overspray (best to wipe on with rubber gloved hand and sponge) will kill any growing item within yards if used a full strength above ground. Plan on several applications as unkilled roots put up shoots.

I have not tried it, but I have heard of people having good luck wrapping the roots in paper towels soaked in the killer, then plastic bagged and taped to keep it moist and in contact with the roots. Mark locations so you can dig the poisoned wad back up and dispose of after the job is done so you do not have a concentrated kill zone in the ground basically forever.

Note the poisoning will kill not only the part on your land (unless you sever the roots at the property line) but also the plant on his side - so consider the impact of that.

Unfortunately, as long as his plants are alive, you will continue to have volunteer roots and new plants from live plant droppings on your side of the fence - so your best bet (if he considers it a nuisance now too) is for you to get together and each poison his own side at the same time.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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