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Everything You Need To Learn About Bamboo in Gloucester

Bamboo has been progressively thriving in the level of popularity for some UK homeowners in the last ten years, nevertheless, unknown to many it is an active and fast-growing grass that is actually extremely difficult to contain as well as manage. In case you have, or you think you have Bamboo in Gloucester you ought to get guidance from a specialist such as Green Leaf Remediation who will definitely advise you regarding your best course of action in order to make sure it doesn’t grow out of control.

Bamboo is known and loved for its attractive look and frequently its fast growth as it offers privacy in overlooked gardens in urban areas, towns and residential areas and lots of house owners now plant it without comprehending its swift growth and capacity to spread out and consume other vegetation. You really should be incredibly cautious of planting it or taking on a property in which it exists since it is now known that a number of varieties of bamboo are very invasive and extremely difficult to regulate.

The UK Invasive Weed Control Industry is being called on more and more to eradicate and control bamboo which has been cultivated at a residential or commercial property without understanding exactly how it will quite likely take control of, or where it has actually spread from an adjoining property.

In conclusion, these experts have stated, that invasive bamboo is certainly becoming a major predicament for British homeowners who might not have understood its growth speed and its invasiveness if not thoroughly managed. In many cases, the ‘running’ bamboo varieties can extend up to 30ft underground in addition to their considerable above-ground growth.

Several mortgage lenders in the UK and The RICS (The Royal Insitute Of Chartered Surveyors) are extremely averse to lending on a property where Japanese Knotweed exists or has been present and if they do lend they require a certified Japanese Knotweed surveyor to provide control and management services and certain guarantees against the work they have carried out. More and more are now realising that bamboo is also a huge problem, however, it is still unrecognised by property owners as an invasive weed that can grow out of control if not planted correctly and managed.

Bamboo seeds can still easily be purchased online or even from garden centres throughout the UK and this is actually adding to the problem that homeowners are still uninformed of the repercussions of cultivating and not managing them. This frequently leads to it growing out of control and taking over the other plants and vegetation in a garden and perhaps even spreading to other homeowners’ gardens and land.

Green Leaf Remediation & Removal have seen a significant rise in the number of enquiries being received from concerned homeowners who have planted bamboo and inadvertently made it possible for the plant to grow out of control. Our UK weed professionals will ascertain the development and inform you on our best control and extraction techniques providing you with the assurance that it will not take control of your garden. Get in touch with us today on 0117 321 7799 or 07531 142316 and we can arrange a free, and no-obligation site survey for you.

Bamboo in Gloucester – FAQs

Is Bamboo an illegal plant in the UK?

Bamboo isn’t currently classified as an invasive or illegal plant in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and there are no constraints when growing it, however, the weed control industry is urging that bamboo can be as unpredictable as Japanese Knotweed with the very same ability to spread out, swiftly grow and infest substantial areas of land.

There have been a growing number of recent claims from house owners who have actually taken legal proceedings against neighbours and properties around them in which their bamboo has been allowed to disperse onto their homes and come to be a major problem for them. There are actually different varieties of bamboo plants and some are much more invasive and destructive than others.

What types of Bamboo exist?

Both the clumping and running types, all possess large underground root and rhizome systems, making them extremely challenging to manage and remove without using an invasive plant specialist like Green Leaf Remediation & Removal.

Running Bamboo is the type that extends very quickly over as well as below ground. It disperses lengthy, lateral rhizomes (root system), which are able to sometimes reach up to 30ft from the primary plant. This leads to the plant very quickly spreading with fresh shoots and growth developing in new places or onto other land or property causing disruption all around.

Because of the distance running bamboo may spread, it has been said that it can have the potential to become more destructive than Japanese knotweed and it has comparable abilities in order to exploit and force through broken or cracked brickwork, drains pipes, wall structures and patios inducing more destruction as it grows.

Clumping Bamboo is known to be less invasive than running bamboo, having said that, if it is left uncontrolled and unmanaged it can spread and fairly quickly grow out of control.

If planting bamboo you must always consult a professional regarding the variety you choose, as well as growing it in containers or with durable root barrier systems in place in order to contain it to the spot you want it for, which will prevent the probability of it spreading.

What is the difference between clump-forming and running bamboo?

Clump Forming Bamboo

This variety of bamboo has a root mass comparable to standard ornamental grasses, spreading out from the centre and not normally ever-developing canes beyond 5-10cm from the existing plant.

Running Bamboo

A running bamboo spreads by its horizontal underground stems from which overground canes then develop. This underground stem extends and shoots up another cane 60-80cm beyond the original sowing site allowing it to fairly quickly spread. This is why a bamboo’s roots need to be contained by a root barrier system or in a suitable flowerpot to avoid it from spreading aggressively and colonising sections of the soil you do not want them within.

Types of Clump-Forming Bamboo

• Fargesia murielae ‘Simba’.
• Fargesia murielae ‘Volacno’.
• Fargesia murieliae ‘Winter Joy’.
• Fargesia murieliae ‘Rufa’.
• Fargesia nitide.

Types of Running Bamboo

• Phyllostachys aurea.
• Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. spectabilis.
• Phyllostachys Nigra.
• Pleioblastus pygmaeus Distichus.
• Pleioblastus variegatus.
• Pleioblastus viridistriatus.
• Sasa tsuboiana.
• Sasa veitchi.

How quickly does Bamboo in Gloucester grow?

Bamboo In GloucesterThis all depends upon the type of bamboo along with the ecological elements of the area, soil, air, water and typical ground conditions. Bamboo is known to be a highly unpredictable plant which in turn means you should take exceptional care and advice from a professional if growing it or purchasing a residential or commercial property where it is present.


Running Bamboo tends to grow to its full-grown height extremely quickly and spread out aggressively. Some can grow to 8 metres whilst others just achieve 1 metre, making it a huge unknown when planting it, or even if you currently have it on your property. Their roots need to be contained to stop them from spreading as their new canes can grow 90cm to 1.5 metres taller every year up until they get to their maximum growing height.

Clump-forming bamboo tends to progress to lower than 5 metres tall due to its small culms but they can grow equally as wide in time if not successfully controlled. The new canes of clump-forming bamboos can easily grow up to 30-45cm taller yearly up until it reaches their maximum height.

The bamboo culm is used to describe the bamboo shoot itself. The culms are mainly hollow, having said that, a number of species have solid culms. There is a solid joint at the beginning and end of every culm segment, called a node and the internodes are the segments in between the nodes.

Is Bamboo in Gloucester invasive?

Bamboo is exceptionally invasive and like Japanese Knotweed, it expands by using its root system and will certainly be invasive unless controlled by an expert like Green Leaf Remediation & Removal. Bamboo is exceptionally durable meaning it will grow in most soils and in extreme weather conditions which again makes it difficult to control and eradicate completely.

Bamboo has now earned its bad reputation for reckless planting but if planting along with the appropriate control methods in effect, it can be manageable.

Bamboo spreads from its fast-growing roots that push horizontally through the soil with its lateral buds which in turn then steer up to develop the canes. Running bamboo will cover ground more quickly than a clump-forming bamboo type and usually takes homeowners by surprise at how rapidly it expands.

What varieties of soil does Bamboo flourish in?

Bamboo is exceptionally hardy and not at all fussy when it comes to soil type. This can be a benefit if grown for the right reasons and properly managed.

Is Bamboo a wood, a grass plant or a tree?

Very few individuals are aware that bamboo is grass, however, most of the fast-growing invasive bamboo types have a very tree-like appearance and thus are frequently described as bamboo trees. Their stems might be anything from a few centimetres in height and as much as 8 metres within just a couple of years, with their stem diameters varying anything from 1 mm to 30 cm.

Can you grow Bamboo in pots?

If you would like to grow Bamboo in Gloucester it can be grown in pots or containers depending on which type they are. Growing them properly in a pot or container will prevent them from spreading out and cultivating your property.

Can Bamboo decrease the value of a property?

Bamboo in Gloucester is becoming a lot more known in the property, mortgage and the UK invasive weed industry as a plant that can decrease the value of a residential or commercial property as a result of its highly intrusive and unpredictable characteristics. More and more mortgage companies are now asking if bamboo is present at a property and some may well not lend on it therefore always do your research before offering on a property and applying for a mortgage.

Is Bamboo poisonous to people?

When eaten, bamboo contains a poisonous substance that generates cyanide in the human gut. The shoots can be edible, nonetheless, before they need their exteriors cut away and then boiled before consuming them. Our team would certainly advise that humans and animals do not eat bamboo.

Is Bamboo sturdier than timber?

Bamboo is understood to be 2-3 times harder than most hardwoods from the Janka Hardness Test that is worked with for categorising wood by its hardness. The universal Janka hardness test (from the Austrian-born emigrant Gabriel Janka, 1864-1932) gauges the level of resistance of a sample of wood to denting and wear.

Is Bamboo green in winter?

Most types of bamboo are evergreen, therefore, they stay green and vibrant all throughout the cold weather when the majority of other plants have died back and this has helped to make them remarkably appealing to homeowners who don’t understand their invasive growth. They may shed some leaves during the year but it isn’t a substantial amount.

Property Care Association Bamboo Comments

Dr Peter Fitzsimons of the Property Care Association, a trade body representing invasive weed control contractors and consultants, said bamboos are “woody” grass that has commercial importance in their native home. However, he has said that in the UK the plant has qualities similar to those of an “alien invasive species”.

Some of those qualities consist of being fast-spreading, dominating indigenous vegetation and being insusceptible to natural predators, for instance, insects or fungi.

He added: “We have been calling for some time for the many species of bamboo to be added to Schedule 9 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act to enable effective regulation.”.

What is the Property Care Association?

The Property Care Association (PCA) is the UK’s leading trade association that represents specialists who can be trusted to fix issues affecting structures and residential or commercial property in general.

What does the PCA say pertaining to their practitioners?
    • Professional trustworthy site surveys and investigations that deliver peace of mind through detailed investigation and correct diagnosis for homeowners and businesses
    • Services are provided by trained, knowledgeable, vetted and qualified surveyors and inspectors
    • Contractor members are able to complete highly specialised repairs and treatments, effectively, efficiently and safely, using skilled experienced site operatives
    • PCA members are required to meet and maintain robust membership criteria. This covers aspects of services including professional qualifications, technical competence, service delivery & financial stability

About Our Bamboo Management & Control Services

Bamboo makes a positive contribution to the natural environment in addition to it being aesthetically pleasing and is a terrific plant to apply if you require privacy in a location. Having said that, our team recommend extraordinary caution and our experts would certainly not advise growing Bamboo in Gloucester in a typical domestic garden caused by its invasive root growth. It will spread out below ground and grow very quickly above ground, taking control of the other plants and vegetation in a garden.

Sowing Bamboo is similar to growing Japanese Knotweed in your back garden, having said that, it isn’t yet against the law to do so. Japanese Knotweed is well known by property owners as being an invasive weed but Bamboo seeds and plants are still widely offered throughout the UK but have the very same invasive characteristics as Knotweed and are going to swiftly take over an area if not handled the right way.

Green Leaf Remediation & Removal has seen how intrusive Bamboo in Gloucester is and our experts have helped numerous customers who were initially not aware of its destructive and unpredictable attributes when they first planted it, or whenever they initially brought their home to get rid of and control their bamboo infestation.

Bamboo in Gloucester is often grown along boundaries in or around a structure to provide personal privacy to a residential property. Throughout the last couple of years, our team have observed how this has resulted in many unpleasant as well as preventable disagreements with neighbours when the bamboo has extended out of control onto their land.

Our belief is that whilst bamboo is not yet registered as an invasive weed as Japanese Knotweed is, better understanding and concern for this plant is needed. There are more than one hundred species of bamboo, with in excess of 30 or so varying varieties usually located in the UK.

The fundamental guide to the different bamboo rhizome (roots):

Runners – these will ‘run’, meaning, spread laterally and quickly.
Clumpers – these will continue to grow if not correctly regulated and managed, however, they won’t colonise as much soil as the running species do.

Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants and will quickly colonise new ground, and in doing this, will very quickly consume open spaces and can cause considerable damage to many solid structures.

The rhizomes aren’t as fragile as their Japanese Knotweed equivalent, making them a demanding task to take out if you are not an expert. Once a bamboo rhizome has established itself within the ground or among a solid structure, removing it is the same as attempting to take out a rope from a solid block of concrete.

Green Leaf Remediation & Removal provides different removal and control solutions when it comes to bamboo. Every single infestation will have its own problems and our specialists are going to work out the most effective removal and management methods depending on your property and site.

In most scenarios, our staff make use of an excavator to remove the majority of the bamboo’s rhizome. We can also install an effective ‘root barrier’ which prevents the rhizome from continuing to spread within your own and neighbouring residential properties. If you would like some of the bamboo to remain then our specialists will offer you a control and management solution so it can remain without spreading into locations you don’t want it to.

If you have an invasion of bamboo or are worried you have Bamboo in Gloucester contact us today on 0117 321 7799 or 07531 142316 to arrange your cost-free and no-obligation site survey. Our bamboo experts will evaluate and supply you with different solutions depending on your property and needs.