Before I start the triple B post I first want to acknowledge that we 100% knew EXACTLY what we were getting into when we brought our house and the bamboo that came with it.
We knew it was going to be a big job and it wasn’t going to be a small feet to completely get rid of it.
Firstly let me set the scene. We are currently perched on 500m2 block backing on to an easement and a dog park. We have 3 massive clumping bamboo trees, 2 smaller clumping bamboos and 1 palm tree which is hybrid bamboo. They had, to an extent over took the yard.
Over the course of several months we cut the bamboo down either over the weekend and in afternoon after work. This was a 3 people job alone person had to lasso (bamboo cowboy) the individual bamboo pole, the other had to cut with a hand saw, whilst the third person watched to make sure when the 40foot bamboo pole came down everyone and everything was clear.
You can’t use a chainsaw, initially due to how tightly compacted the bamboo poles were and also because you needed them to come down individually and safely. We nearly had had enough and started looking for a tree lopper however we found the majority of tree loppers wouldn’t touch it.
After a very successful weekend with a great crew all the bamboo was cut down and gone!
However the bamboo variety we had grew super-fast and literally overnight more sprouts would pop up. How many times have you heard don’t trust everything on the internet? I can confirm from personal experience that the below Wikipedia is an accurate account.
One all the bamboo was down we had to get the root system up. This took a bobcat and a 14 tonne excavator to not only dig up the bamboo roots but the concrete base of the fence. My grandfather never built a fence as half pace – in true Poppa fashion the concrete fence was not reinforced with rebar but steel posts. Our excavator driver said he had pulled up airport landing strips easier than this.
We have now had the ground levelled and smoothed so that the land falls away from the house and not into it.
It has now been several weeks later and whilst out in the yard what did I come across?!?!?! Oh just a bamboo shoot in the middle of the yard! Pat was at Bunnings so after some coursing I thought I better dig it up. The shoot was nowhere near where the bamboo was planted and it turns out that it was a piece of root that had come off when the excavator had to break it up to put it in the tip truck.
As Pat was out I thought it would be hilarious to plant the bamboo shoot in a pot plant in put it in the middle of the driver……needless to say he was not amused!!
The moral of this story is not to never plant bamboo, it does look very nice in a lot of gardens just never give us any.