The neighbor up the hill decided to plant some bamboo to cover the steep
hill behind his house. It has quickly come down the hill over the years and
it dangerously close to my yard.
What can I do to stop this junk? I don't think much of anything, is there?
Do local governments sometimes ban this junk?
I want to burn the crap but I know it won't do anything to stop it. Where
can I find some Agent Orange?
Your local govt may have an option for you. Just like a neighbor/
property owner can't divert runoff water/drainage onto your property,
infringing on your property or its normal use, some invasive non-
native plant species, that a neighbor has purposefully planted, have
to be controled by that neighbor from invading your property.
You will need to consult with the local govt and applicable ordinances
and with the neighbor. An applicable ordinance may not specify a
particular specie or scenario, but is applicable enough to cover an
unforseen circumstance as with this bamboo. The neighbor, not you, may
be required to install some sort of petition at the fence line or
control the spread from on his side of the fence, but if you are able
to work with the neighbor, the overall outcome (including civil peace
with your neighbor) may be better resolved for both of you.
If an ordinance is found to be applicable, the neighbor may be
required to perform any removal from your property, if the bamboo does
eventually invade your property. It would be good for you to somehow
demonstrate what damage can be expected and/or what hardship the
invasion would present to you and your property, also, in your effort
to site the ordinance and have it enforced on your behalf. If there
is some sort of damage and/or hardship being demonstrated on his own
property, for he, himself, this can be further evidence for your
concern about it invading your property, i.e., example: is the bamboo
growing toward his house/other structure/etc., also, such that he is
having to take measures to control that direction of his own invasion
Now is the time to best address the issue, as you seem to be doing,
not after the bamboo has established itself on your property.
It wouldn't help.
1. Dig a trench. A *DEEP* trench.
2. Insert steel plates...the heavy duty, corrugated ones used for sea walls
would work well. That would stop the bamboo from running onto your land.
3. Monitor the area from time to time and keep any surface volunteers from
Take heart in the fact that at some point the bamboo will go to seed and
when it does it will die regardless of where in the world it is.
Unfortunately, the life span varies by species...with some, it is 300 years.
Then there are all those pesky seeds it emitted prior to gasping its last
Perhaps you could make lemonade? Resurrect the lost art of making split
bamboo fly rods? Start a "cut your own bamboo fishing pole" farm? :)
DadiOh is on the money.
Assuming the opportunistic seed-once-and-die wait-for-that-to-happen
option isn't viable for you, you have no other choice but to kill the
underground runners when they invade your space.
The trench won't stop them but it will make it easy for you to cut them.
Likewise, the metal plates (angled so that the runners will follow that
angle) will deflect them and/or make it easy for you to chop them.
And, as stated, pull or glyphosate anything that shows up on your lawn.
PS: "My" 12-foot-tall bamboo is very well behaved because it is enclosed
in a concrete pen (all under the surface so it's not noticeable).
Actually, this ain't such a bad idea as bamboo rods sell for literally
thousands of dollars:
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