‘Worst thing’ to plant in your garden that will ‘get out of hand’ after a while

Bamboo: Expert shares tips for growing plant

Garden plants that are labelled as being troublesome cause an excessive amount of work for households. 

While they may seem perfectly fine when planted, after a few years down the line they can be a pain.

One particular plant a gardener has struggled with is bamboo. Bamboo’s hardness and rapid growth characteristics make it a plant to avoid growing in gardens.

Sadie Harper took to the Loving Your Garden Facebook page to share the dilemma she has with this plant.

She wrote: “I planted a bamboo about 10 years ago to hide a neighbour’s window. 

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“It’s been a slow grower and is now at the point of maturing nicely next to an Acer and other plants.  

“However, it’s shooting out faster now and getting bigger and I can see it getting out of hand. It’s the worst thing I ever planted so it has to go.  

“Bearing in mind that I don’t want to upset my other shrubs, tips please on removing or poisoning.”

Sadie also posted three images of the plant which seems to be overcrowding other plants beside the bamboo.

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Group members took to the comments section to share their thoughts on the plant and how Sadie could get rid of the bamboo.

Stephanie Mills said: “You can cut it low so you see the hollow bamboo sticking up from the ground and carefully spray or pour a weedkiller with glyphosate into the cut bits as that will kill the roots.”

Mercy Holness wrote: “Just cut it back, you don’t really want to be exposed to your neighbours, even if you like them.”

Frank Rest said: “I cut mine right down. I then poured petrol onto it and set it alight. It did eventually kill all the roots. Worst thing I ever planted.”

Liz South replied: “I had the same problem and was told to cut it down then spray with tree stump killer.

“It did work but we still had to dig out all the roots and runners. Be careful not to harm your shrubs that are close. Good luck.”

Maureen Postans said: “We planted one and a couple of years later decided to remove it. Hubby found the roots were travelling quite fast and heading for our pond. 

“If it had got that far the roots would have pierced the pond liner. In fact, I believe the roots are capable of getting through concrete. Luckily he managed to remove the entire root system. So, although they are lovely for screening, we won’t have another.”

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