Can I pour vinegar on the roots of bamboo to kill it?

I have invasive golden bamboo. It cannot be dug up because the ground is full of river rocks having been a river bed in a long ago past. It is everywhere. I tried an electric chain saw and it couldn't get through the stalks. I tried a bit of herbicide but had no result. I'm desperate.

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  • Kathleen Walker Kathleen Walker on Sep 26, 2018

    Have you tried any of the weed killers at the hardware store? They generally kill everything but I know bamboo is so big and tall. Might be worth a try.

    • Sophia Sophia on Sep 26, 2018

      I have sprayed it with herbicide. I hate glycophospate .... but even that had no effect.

  • Kathleen Walker Kathleen Walker on Sep 26, 2018

    Sure you can try it, the recipe is a gallon of vinegar, 1/4 cut of salt and a squirt of dawn dishwashing liquid, I believe. Good luck to you. I have seen how invasive it can be.

    • Sophia Sophia on Sep 26, 2018

      That's my usual formula but in speaking with a chemist he said that the salt would form a barrier to the vinegar. I did try it and nothing happened. I don't know what the heck to do now. I was just thinking maybe the vinegar and dawn without the salt. I have a LOT of it.

  • Everything Pretty Everything Pretty on Sep 26, 2018

    My aunt pours bleach on poison ivy to kill it. It may kill things around it through!

    • Sophia Sophia on Sep 26, 2018

      That's a thought. There are some rose bushes ... how far away do the rose roots need to be? Thank you.