Imminent Bamboo Problem

Question From: 
Ronda Charkass in  Preston ,  Melbourne VIC


Nature of problem: 
The council removed bamboo from our neighbours property and transported through ours and now 8 months later we have small wood like weeds growing all over our backyard that we have yet to landscape


Type of Plant (if known): 


Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself): 
we want to permanently get rid of these plants so that we can concrete/landscape our backyard


Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type: 
not sure. clay at bottom and then whatever was turned over for our home to be built on top….sorry


How often do you water the plant:
don’t. we have been trying to decide what landscaping to do in our backyard and in the meantime we have had these wood like plants growning when we never had any bambo in our yard. Well other than the dead ones the council drag through our property


How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
a lot.


What type of plant is it:
my husband cut them down thinking they were weeds, all we have not are stems that when you walk on them they are wood like and scratch your feet/legs


How long since you planted it:
we never planted them but they have been growing over the winter


Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
we used weed killer before winter


Is the plant indoors or outdoors: 


Is the plant in a pot or in the ground: 
all over our backyard which is about 11m by 15m


What other treatments have you given the plant: 

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Other Comments: 
Hi, I really need some help on how to permanently get rid of the bamboo plants growing in our backyard. we built our home over 2.5 years ago and never got around to doing our landscaping because we had no money. The council removed the bamboo from our neighbours house and transported it though our backyard over 10 months ago and now what we thought were weed are wood like plants that hurt when you step on them, which we have back. We are wanting to completely clear the area…..we desperately need help.


Answer: From your description, I have no idea what sort of plant you have. If it is bamboo, fertilise it well NOW and wait for several weeks until it is growing strongly. Then spray it with Roundup – it will take 3-4 weeks to die. If any bits regrow, spray them too.  Good luck.  Don