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Bamboo Removal: Everything You Need To Know

Today we’re talking all about bamboo removal! Bamboo is a tall, woody grass varying in heights of 2-15 metres and grows in a dense environment. It is known for its beauty and strength. 

Bamboo can be a magnificent focal point in landscaping, it is an excellent screening plant and is often used to create shelterbelts or for erosion control. However, due to its rapid growth rate, it can take over a property quickly and become a massive nuisance. Property owners opt for bamboo removal because when unmaintained, it can become incredibly invasive.

Two Types of Bamboo Plants

There are about 1500 species of bamboo, and they fall under two main categories – Clumping and Running bamboo. The difference between the two is in their rhizomes (the stem bearing roots).

Clumping Bamboo

Clumping bamboo grows in clumps and forms huge gaps between each plant, making its growth easier to predict. This type of bamboo typically exhibits sympodial features and has short rhizomes that turn upward from a central plant to form culms. Generally, Clumping Bamboo is known as the non-invasive type.

Running Bamboo

Running bamboo, on the other hand, has long rhizomes that grow horizontally and is monopodial so they have quite an aggressive growth habit. This type can extend across gardens, lawns, and neighbouring properties much broader and faster than the Clumping Bamboo. Although they’re classified as the invasive type’, some people choose to grow them as a privacy fence. 

Bamboo Removal: Do You DIY or Call a Professional?

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, bamboo is not a prohibited or restricted invasive plant.  However, by law, everyone has a general biosecurity obligation (GBO) to take reasonable and practical measures to minimise the biosecurity risks associated with invasive plants under their control. 

Bamboo removal is required when these plants break containment and take over an entire area. No other plants can grow under them, and they tend to crowd out native and other desirable species. Usually, it’s the Running Bamboo that needs removal. 

There are three ways you could go about bamboo removal: 

  • Cutting stalks
  • Physically digging up the rhizomes
  • Killing off the roots by using glyphosate poison. 

Each of these methods takes time and massive effort and won’t always work. Bamboo is tough and can grow back if its root systems aren’t properly treated.

If you choose to remove the bamboo plants on your property, it’s best to have a professional bamboo removal service provider perform the work. At Clean Cut Trees, we use specialised tools and equipment to handle bamboo services.  Note that there is 100% effective permanent bamboo removal option. We can grind stumps left behind or apply poison at the time of removal. Grinding is not always 100% effective on its own because of the invasive and fast growing nature of bamboo. Single poison treatments are also not 100% effective, so the best course of action is to request for repeat applications of poison as new growth appears.

If you prefer keeping them and need help with management, we also offer Bamboo Trimming Services and provide customised solutions for proper maintenance. 

Book In If You Need Bamboo Removal Services

Bamboo can be one of the most beautiful plants you’ll find in your garden. They also happen to be strong and sturdy, which is excellent for providing extra privacy on your property. However, when they begin to cause problems, it’s best to have a professional assess the situation—Book in today.

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