How do I get rid of bamboo in my yard?

Bamboo is extremely invasive! When I moved into my house, about 1 1/2 yrs ago, it had already taken over 3/4 of the yard. Ive tried poison on it with very little luck. Next Im going to try a vinager,salt, dish soap mixture. Any other safe ideas?
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  • GrinninGramma GrinninGramma on May 14, 2014
    Brush killer destroys just about everything, including plants you want to keep. The good news is, if you want to keep any of it after you successfully kill it back, you can use something like a tin garden border to prevent the roots from spreading. Bury the border upright, just under the ground.
  • Susan Simoneau Susan Simoneau on May 14, 2014
    Thanks GrinninGramma! Ill try anything!
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on May 15, 2014
    Taking on bamboo is a multi-year battle. If you cut the plants to the ground, then cut the re-growth every time it gets to 20 to 24 inches high, eventually the plant will starve to death and die out. If you use an herbicide, you again need to cut the plants back and wait for new foliage to flush out. Then spray the new foliage with the herbicide. Please note: strong solutions of salt are not a safe way to control bamboo (or weeds). They poison the soil.
    • Susan Simoneau Susan Simoneau on May 15, 2014
      Thanks Douglas Hunt! I think we're going to bring a bobcat in and dig up from beneath. It is pretty but to keep any of it will drive me nuts because it'll keep coming back. The salticture I'm going to try is minimal salt, more vinegar and dish detergent. Thanks for your help !
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 15, 2014
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 15, 2014
    P.S. I am clipping this so I will have Douglas Hunt's answer. I don't have bamboo, but I know someone who does!
  • Douglas has great advice! Bamboo is so invasive here that I am afraid that in a few years a neighbor 2 houses down who has bamboo will get to my yard because the neighbor between us chops it down every time it pops up and so far has kept it at bay. The vinegar and salt solution is not the answer. Unless you can buy 20% solution vinegar the stuff in the store only kills the surface foliage and not the roots. I know because i tried that alternative. you need a herbicide to kill stuff like bamboo. dish detergent does nothing but tell you where you sprayed! Dish soap does not hurt plants and it is what i use to rid my plants of bugs. I know many people post on here about that solution but I also know that the weeds come back-been there done that. Pulling weeds is the best solution and if you really had the chance I would take bobcat and dig up the whole yard and pull all the bamboo out and put the soil back. That is what a homeowner is doing here in my subdivision. good luck!
  • Car1119669 Car1119669 on Feb 04, 2015
    That's funny. When we bought our house 30 years ago, my uncle gave us one bamboo shoot. WELL, not only do we have thousands, but in back of our fence is a cemetary. They have grown 30 feet out and across about 100 feet or more. Thousands, upon thousands. Can't kill them, have to live with them but I am looking to make things and hopefully I will thanks to Pin It
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