How to Kill Bamboo With Salt

Written by michelle hogan | 13/05/2017
How to Kill Bamboo With Salt
Bamboo can be an effective privacy screen or a nuisance weed. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Running bamboo is an easily grown, fast-spreading grass that is often planted as a privacy screen. This type of bamboo can pose a problem for some homeowners. If you don't like it, it can be nearly impossible to get rid of. Salt is an effective plant killer; be careful using it because once an area is salted nothing -- no grass, no other plant life -- will grow there for many months and possibly years. Be prepared to put a patio or gravel over an area that has been salted.

Purchase enough salt to spread over the area that has your bamboo. Because bamboo grows via rhizomes underground, you will need to be able to penetrate the ground to get to them. It doesn't matter what kind of salt you buy. It can be pool salt, table salt or rock salt.

Cut the bamboo growth down as much as you can with a mower or machete. You'll want to be able to get the salt right on the ground around the base of the plants. Remove and burn the bamboo stalks.

Spread the salt around the area where the bamboo lives. It doesn't have to be a thick layer -- just make sure the area is well-covered. Alternatively, you can dilute a cup or more of salt in a gallon of water and water the affected area.

Water the area where you have sprinkled the salt to enourage it to seep into the soil.

Pull or dig up as many of the rhizomes as you can and throw them away. Don't compost them because they may still be well enough to grow.

Things you need

  • Salt
  • Water

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