Bamboo – hungry pandas wanted.

Friday 26th January 2018

A better week for us this week, with a full house of staff back at work. We’re still having to shuffle some works around as there has been an impact on our planned works – so my apologies to anyone affected. We do try to give reasonable notice when this happens, but it can be difficult. We should be back to normal soon.

We’ve had a week dealing (almost exclusively) with bamboo. Hence my enquiry about if there any hungry pandas around who would like a good meal. At this time of year, we cut the bamboo down and inject the stumps with a glyphosate based herbicide. This is a reasonably effective way of treating bamboo (it will still need a number of follow up visits over the next few years to eradicate it though). This however leaves us with a large amount of bamboo… needless to say we do our best to re-use the material and my father has already laid claim to a few bamboo canes for his runner beans.

This week we’ve been shredding a lot of bamboo on a site in Hampshire, which will reduce the volume considerably and also allow it to decompose more quickly. By treating it in this way we are reducing off site waste and also adding to the local environment. A lot of insects and arthropods will set up home in a pile of woody waste such as this and this will in turn provide food for other animals and birds. After a year or so the material will have broken down and will add to the soils fertility.

So where has all this bamboo come from? Well those of us with a long memory remember the 1990s gardening programmes, many of which promoted the use of bamboo as a living screen in suburban gardens. They also used to mention (casually if I recall) that you needed to use a root barrier to stop it from spreading, what they didn’t say was that bamboo can grow over any root barrier and needs constant management to stop it from spreading.

When Japanese knotweed was first introduced (1850s onwards), it was marketed as being a tall screening plant, minimal maintenance, etc. Which is basically what was being said about bamboo in the 1990s. Japanese knotweed spreads by underground stems (rhizomes), would you like to guess how bamboo spreads? Japanese knotweed can destroy hard surfaces – as can bamboo. We’re still in the early days of the ‘great bamboo infestation’, it will be interesting for those of us working in the industry of invasive weeds to see what happens next. Either the problem will be contained or it will enter the next phase of invasive behaviour and establish itself in the wild.

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