Monday, June 02, 2014

Bamboo - The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Oh man. I finally figured out who planted this stuff.


The new casa has bamboo everywhere. Well, not everywhere. But on our property that is just shy of an acre, I'm guessing we have at least 1/3 or an acre of bamboo. During the remodel, we removed sheet rock from the bathroom and guess what was growing between the exterior of the house and the sheetrock... bamboo.

And in the crack between the porch and the beginning of the sidewalk.

And into the wall of the laundry room.

And all the way up the driveway.

And across the entire fence line.

Okay, you get it. Bamboo.

Here's the kicker though. We needed to level a VERY small portion of the bamboo grove that I will bamboo hill. Bamboo hill is a relatively isolated patch of bamboo... on a hill... but it's a nightmare.
My car on the other side of Bamboo Hill.
The front of Bamboo Hill pre-cut. 
 Prior to the removal of the bamboo, we started researching how to kill it and the internet basically says you'll have better luck finding a unicorn that eradicating this much bamboo. So, now that we felt completely confident in our ability to fail, we started cutting... and piling... and hauling bamboo. We suckered some people on craigslist into coming for some of, though I'm not sure how I feel about a bunch of bamboo weirdos knowing where our new casa is... but it was less we had to manage. So we cut, and we sprayed brush killer. Then we cut some more. Then we sprayed more brush killer. Then it started to grow back and we spray so much that the ground shall never be fertile again. So we thought.
Midway through cutting bamboo hill.
Some 200 bamboo shoots and several blisters into the process.
 The contractor brought in some heavy machinery to level the ground for the garage foundation and what did he find in bamboo hill? A maze of roots that broke the 5' x 5' wooden trash bin over like a cornucopia spilling forth the remnants of bamboo.
A pile of horrifying bamboo roots as proof that the internet was right.
We will have bamboo forever. 
 Now, I don't want to shock anyone trying to eradicate their own bamboo, but new garage, 4 quarts of concentrated brush killer, and a backhoe were used in this one small clump... and it's growing back. Green as ever.

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