The bamboos /bæmˈbuː/ are evergreen perennial flowering plants in the subfamily Bambusoideae of the grass family Poaceae. Wikipedia
I really want to get back to working in the garden and one of the projects my husband and I have decided to do is to create a forest in our back yard. It would be impossible to accomplish this without keeping the deer out. So, in order to put up the fencing the bamboo had to go.
Now, digging up bamboo is not an easy task. We started by cutting down all the canes (which has given us a lifetime supply of bamboo poles). The Sawzall worked great for that. The hard part came in digging up the roots. We started out using our regular shovels and picks but it was tough going. I decided to see if I could find any other type of tools that would work better. That's when I found it: the Root Slayer. This shovel is like a saw and shovel in one. With it we were able to cut down into the roots and get them up with the pick. Now don't get me wrong, it was still super hard work, but having these shovels certainly helped.
We got rid of all the roots by taking them to recycling. Our deer fencing is up and I am hoping that none of the bamboo comes back. I will probably not plant any thing in the area until I know for certain we got it all. We also had some miniature bamboo grass which had spread quite far and we took that out also.
Our next step is planning the forest. I hope to be posting on our progress as we go along.
Have a fun day!