Irondragon ForgeClay Works Posted June 21, 2021 Share Posted June 21, 2021 About ten years ago my wife and I had the bright idea to plant some bamboo to act as a screen to hide an ugly hillside where we removed a lot of dirt & rocks to use when our 1/2 mile steep driveway washed out during a monsoon. We had our neighbor who had a nursery that specialized in exotic bamboo put it in. He is basically an expert in bamboo horticulture. To address our concerns about bamboo taking over an area, he said this strain of bamboo doesn't spread much especially how he would plant it in our rocky ground. He used his back hoe to dig a trench about two feet deep, three feet wide and thirty feet long, which he filled with good dirt & compost. The rocky ground would contain the bamboo. That worked very well and the bamboo didn't jump out of the area. It became very dense and worked just like we had hoped as a screen. Then last winter which was unusually cold all of the bamboo died off. This spring, it started to grow again with a vengeance. The decision was made to remove it because The new growth did start to take over the area. I checked with Google about how to remove bamboo. Simple huh just dig it out with a shovel and be sure to get all the runners & root system out. I went out there with a shovel and found out hitting the root system was like trying to shovel through concrete. Bright idea, I have a tractor with a front loader, that'll get it. First attempt to dig with the bucket to get out all the roots was a joke. Note to self need another plan. Attempt two, shear off all the bamboo with the bucket and burn it in a huge pile. Still no luck digging out the roots, that stuff must be made of Kevlar. OK the box blade has scarifier's, I even made one in the shop, time to put it to the test. That seemed to work, if I pulled ahead a couple of feet then lifted the blade to rip up the root system. Then I could use the bucket to dig it out. That root system & runners was about a foot thick & three feet wide. Been at it all week (although when it got too hot had to knock off) start early and get about four hours in. I had to dump the dirt and grade it to separate the roots/runners from the good dirt. I now have a pile of roots & runners four feet tall and about eight feet in diameter. I plan on burning that too. Humm wonder if it would work as forge fuel... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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