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Zone Western Washington State | Anonymous added on July 13, 2016 | Answered

If I put the roots and rhizomes I remove from my yard into my composting pile or into the woods near my home, will those roots and rhizomes grow into new bamboo plants? I have spent considerable time this summer in trying to get rid of the bamboo in my yard. We started out by cutting all the bamboo down, disposing of the stalks. I am removing as much of the roots and rhizomes of the plants as I can, watching for new stalks that pop up and going back to the area where they are and pulling bamboo material out of the ground.

My concern is this: while I do not think the dry bamboo stalks we cut down can re-generate and become plants (but please let me know if I am misinformed on this), I AM CONCERNED about what to do with the roots and rhizomes I am digging out of the ground. I am assuming I should never put these pieces of root and rhizomes into my compost pile, but I’m wondering what would happen if I put the roots and rhizomes into the woodsy area near our home, along with other yard waste from weeding and pruning our gardens and mowing our grass.

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Answered on July 13, 2016

You are correct to not put any weeds, seeds or invasive plant material in the compost.
As to putting it in the woods, I would not dispose of any invasive plant material in the woodland area.
The most responsible method of disposal would be to burn the material as to not destroy the ecosystem.

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