Bamboo Removal & Control

Bamboo Removal & Control Methods

Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on the planet and will quickly colonise new soil and in doing so, will swiftly consume open spaces and can cause serious damage to many solid structures (see the videos on this page).

There are over 100 species of bamboo on the planet, with in excess of 30 or so varying species commonly found within the UK.

However, there are 2 types of rhizome (roots), ‘runners’ – those which will ‘run’ (meaning, spread laterally). Running bamboo can spread into neighbouring properties and therefore can be the most problematic. The second type is “clumping” bamboo or ‘clumpers’ (those which will continue to grow, yet won’t colonise as much soil as the running species).

We have experience in removing and controlling both types.

The bamboo rhizomes aren’t as brittle as its Japanese Knotweed equivalent and can be a challenge to remove. A simple explanation would be, that once a bamboo rhizome has established itself within the soil or amongst a solid structure, removing it, is akin to attempting to remove a rope, from a solid slab of concrete.

Fortunately, there are solutions. Whilst each infestation will have its own challenges, providing an excavator can be used to remove the majority of the rhizome, we can help.

We can also install a suitable ‘root barrier’ which would prevent the rhizome from continuing to spread into neighbouring properties, say for example if you would prefer some of the infestation to remain in-situ. There is usually a viable solution.

If excavating the bamboo requires concrete walls, patios, footpaths etc. to be temporarily moved or removed we can move or reconstruct whatever structure is required.