Getting Rid of Bamboo – Tarrytown Remodel
Deferred maintenance had finally come to a breaking point on our 1949 Tarrytown bungalow. The roof had seen better days. The T1-11 siding on the addition was barely hanging on. And, the interior finishes no longer made sense. But, one of the biggest problems we faced was getting rid of bamboo that had overrun the yard.
Jim and Chris surveying the situation from a yard in disarray, and very overrun by a horde of vicious bamboo. This strain of running bamboo was well established when we bought the house in 1971. It had spread all through the back yard. Some was growing under the house in the crawl space!
New bamboo sprouts would pop the next day if you just cut off the top. A laborer who was helping us pointed out that bamboo is “hard to die.” Echo that!
So what to do?
We started with cutting all the bamboo poles and having the massive amount of greenery hauled away. The creeping bamboo roots are virtually immune to the herbicides people normally use on unwanted plants. In order to get rid of bamboo, you must physically dig up the roots. The good news is that bamboo roots are not deep. They are near the surface.
Chris found that a power washer aimed at some of the big root clumps washed away dirt and exposed them. The big ancient clumps of roots were then pulled out.
The ground was then re-graded to get just the right drainage. New grass sod was laid down. There were no flower beds – just grass. By mowing the grass regularly, new bamboo shoots would not be able to mature. Eventually the energy in the root system will deplete.
By creating an area that would be mowed regularly, we set up a system to prevent the bamboo from coming back.
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