Bamboo Control

Morgan E. Judy
Extension Agent, Orangeburg County

Bamboos are perennial members of the grass family and are often one of the most difficult to control escaped ornamentals. They are distinguished from other grasses by their woody stems, branched growth, and often large size. They can grow anywhere from one to seventy feet tall. While often considered beautiful, they can quickly turn into a homeowner’s worst nightmare if not properly maintained. Once established, bamboo can take over landscapes, stream banks and woodlands.

To learn more about the two main kinds of bamboo and some methods for controlling an infestation, see HGIC 2320, Bamboo Control.

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