cut and paint (or spray) method of removing bamboo
One person cuts, while another is poised to paint herbicide onto the cut surface.
Update… If you wear long gloves you can spray with a small atomiser bottle using full strength herbicide, instead of brushing. Spraying sure beats brushing.
And for big jobs, a third person to remove the cut culms (stems) and keep the ball rolling.
1. Cut each culm within 150 mm (6″) from the ground and quickly, paint herbicide onto the cut surface, just a small amount will do.
Timing is everything. The sap flowing through the plant withdraws downwards when the culm is cut.
2. Your job is to paint/spray herbicide onto the cut surface quickly so as to ride the sap down into the rhizome (underground stem).
We recommend using straight Glyphosate . Regrowth is treated in the same way. Cut off the bunches of foliage, paint/spray the remaining cut ends. And if it still comes back? Well, just do it again.
Mr Bamboo provides a bamboo removal service in Sydney.