Weeding bamboo

Question: Weeding bamboo

hi, I too have a garden invaded by bamboo and in this regard I would like to use how you have recommended a graminicide. but having cats and dogs, how should I behave? how soon can they move freely in the garden? thanks for your attention . luciana

Answer: Weeding bamboo

Gentile Luciana,
bamboo is a beautiful grass, which has an incredible value: it is the plant that grows most in the shortest possible time; for this reason in recent years it is considered an eco-compatible material, and more and more often it is used to prepare parquet. Clear that, if placed in a small garden, a bamboo can do good damage, also because its stubby rhizomes tend to spread in the ground, and to produce large spots; obviously the spread of bamboo in the ground takes place over the years, so when we find ourselves having to uproot the bamboo from the garden, often now its roots are well spread and rooted in the ground.
One of the most recommended methods to eradicate bamboo without using chemicals is to dig up all the rhizomes; this method has a serious defect: the bamboo tends to propagate as the couch grass does, even a small piece left in the ground, can give rise to a new plant over the months. In addition to this, the roots of a bamboo bush that has been dwelling for years can often sink deeply into the ground, so unearthing them all involves digging up to 50-60 cm. For this reason, those who wish to drive bamboo out of their garden generally decide to use herbicides.
The herbicide that works best on bamboo is glyphosate, which is a systemic herbicide, which is absorbed by the plant and then transported to the roots, which then dry up. You have to be very careful in using this herbicide, to make it go only on bamboo, and not on surrounding plants, because it kills all plants, even grass and trees, if their leaves come in contact with the products; therefore it is essential to spread it when not even pulling a breath of wind, and keeping the spray nozzle very close to the leaves of the plant to be treated.
With bamboo, we often proceed by cutting the canes up to about 30-40 cm from the ground, and then insert the glyphosate solution directly into the hollow of the reeds, or wait for it to germinate and spread on the new tender and luxuriant leaves. Glyphosate is a toxic product, like most herbicides, but to be harmful to animals it should swallow about one kg per kg of animal weight; the only problem with dogs and cats is that by vaporizing the product it could get into the eyes, causing damage; so you wear a nice pair of goggles, and convince your pets to stay away from the reeds while using the herbicide.