The former owner of our house plated a ling of bamboo along our back fence. It is now four lines deep, has spread across to our waterfall and koi pond. Frankly it is nice to have the privacy the bamboo offers in the shady area along our back fence, but I think we can do better with something else that is not so aggressive. Note: the bamboo now covers about 10 feet and is encroaching into our neighbor's yard behind us. First how do we get rid of the bamboo, best way, most decisive way easiest way... and what would you suggest we plant instead that is easier to manage. Please advise.
Some bamboo is very aggressive. The only way to answer your question is to find out what type of bamboo you have. There are several plant ID websites but it sounds like you have "running bamboo", one of two subtypes. Check with your state cooperative extension service for info specific to your area. Here is what Clemson extension service has to say: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/pests/weeds/hgic2320.html