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Q.can the bamboo rhizomes and clubs you dig up out of your yard regenerate and grow if you dump them in the forest?

Zone Seattle area, Washington State | Anonymous added on August 6, 2018 | Answered

I want to get rid of our bamboo. I am going to dig up the bamboo in my yard and in the planting area we foolishly planted the original bamboo in, and I plan to burn the rhizomes and roots and stuff that I dig up.

My husband says he can dump all this stuff along with grass clippings in the nearby woods and that the rhizomes, roots, and stuff will die and turn into compost, just like the grass clippings. He says, “No problem with them growing again in the forest.” Is he right? Or am I likely to end up with a bamboo forest in our woods area?

I do not have any photos of my bamboo diggings, but I hope you will be able to answer my question without having a picture.


Kathleen Bowen

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Answered on August 7, 2018

I hate to get in the middle of a husband/wife controversy, but for the sake of protecting the Washington forest from invasive bamboo -- You're intuition is right on, and he is, shall we say - not adequately informed. Don't dump the bamboo fragments in the forest, burn it, or send it to the landfill.

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