Do rhizome barriers work?

Rhizome barriers provide an effective method of controlling running bamboo (Phyllostachys spp.) Unlike clumping bamboo, running bamboo’s voracious appetite for territory makes it potentially difficult to control, but its relative ability to withstand cold temperatures makes it an appealing garden option.

How deep should a rhizome barrier be?

The general minimum barrier specs call for a 24-inch depth barrier that is 40 mil thick, although a 60 mil barrier by 30-inch is recommended for moderate to large sized plants to be safe.

What can I use as a bamboo barrier?

You can make effective bamboo barriers from fiberglass, sheet metal, concrete or plastic. Barriers made from concrete are prone to cracking and sheet metal barriers eventually rust and develop holes. Barriers made from high density polyethylene plastic should be at least 40 mils thick.

How thick is bamboo barrier?

40 mil
For best results, only a true HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) barrier of at least 40 mil thickness will suffice for the long term control of bamboo. Thicker plastics like 60 mil and 80 mil are also available for additional protection.

How do you stop a rhizome from spreading?

Burying a pot inside the ground is effective at stopping certain plant rhizome roots from spreading.

How deep does a root barrier need to be for bamboo?

Installing barrier when planting a new bamboo Our barrier is approx 70cm deep so you need to dig a track approximately 60cm deep and set aside the soil during digging (We’d recommend digging the track about a spade’s width to make inserting the barrier easier).

How do you cut a rhizome barrier?

Fortunately, rhizomes are usually very shallow rooted and prefer to grow in loose topsoil 2-5 inches beneath the surface. Root pruning is achieved by working around the bamboo with a sharp spade, driving it into the ground and removing the wayward rhizome. One can generally feel the rhizome as the spade cuts it.

Can I sue my neighbor for bamboo?

Yes, you could sue them civilly but you might save some money and effort by checking with DNR and/or MDE to see if they would or could cite the neighbor for a civil or misdemeanor infraction for violating the State Code in allowing an invasive…

How can I stop my Neighbours bamboo?

Cutting down vertically through the rhizomes will also slow the spread. However, a solid barrier of concrete or metal 18 inches deep below the soil is the best long-term protection.

How do you get rid of rhizomes?

Pull Up Small Infestations Use a hand tool designed to remove weeds to uproot the main plant. Then use a hand rake to move dirt away from the lateral rhizomes until they’re revealed and can be removed. Alternatively, you can shovel dirt on top of a soil sifter.

How do you install a bamboo rhizome barrier?


  1. Dig a trench around the area where you are planning to plant the bamboo or where the bamboo is already planted. The trench should be 2” less deep than the depth of the barrier that is to be installed.
  2. Place the barrier in the trench.
  3. Plant the bamboo according to nursery planting specifications.

What kind of barrier is a bamboo rhizome?

Bamboo barrier (also known as rhizome barrier) is a high-density polyethylene plastic used as a physical barrier to block bamboo roots, also known as rhizomes, from growing in a specific direction. Bamboo rhizomes are important to contain as they can damage surrounding landscapes and hardscapes. Bamboo rhizomes are the roots of a bamboo plant.

How tall does a Bamboo Barrier need to be?

Bamboo Barrier is very helpful in curbing the growth and spread area of bamboo. It constructed of of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and typically measures anywhere from 18” to 48” in height with a recommended thickness of 60 mil to adequately stop bamboo roots. For most applications a recommended barrier height typically ranges from 24” – 36”.

How can I get rid of bamboo rhizomes?

One technique to help the gardener spot and neutralize growing bamboo is to dig a trench around the plant so that bamboo rhizomes (roots) can be spotted and clipped before “jumping” the trench. This method is effective if the trench is deeper than the bamboo roots and if the gardener is working in the garden on a daily basis.

How do you install a bamboo control barrier?

Installing the Bamboo Barrier 1. Dig a trench 28 inches deep around the proposed site, removing the top soil first, then the heavier sub-soil. Stack these separately. If the site is very narrow, it may be easier to remove all of the soil from the installation rather than digging a trench.