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Everything You Need To Know About Bamboo in Dursley

Bamboo has been flourishing in the level of popularity for several UK homeowners in the previous ten years, nonetheless, unknown to many it is an active and fast-growing plant that is incredibly difficult to contain as well as control. In the event that you have or think you have Bamboo in Dursley you must seek guidance from an expert such as ourselves and we will assess the bamboo and advise you of the best solutions action needed to make sure that it does not grow out of control. Call us today on 0117 321 7799 to arrange a no-obligation site survey.

Bamboo is known and loved for its ornamental appeal and often its quick growth which ensures a level of privacy in overlooked gardens in cities, towns and suburbs. Unfortunately, lots of homeowners are still planting it without grasping its fast growth and capability to spread out and take control of other flora. Individuals should be extremely cautious of planting it or taking on a home where it exists since it is now understood that many varieties of bamboo are highly invasive and exceptionally challenging to regulate.

The UK Invasive Weed Control Industry is being called on more and more to eradicate and control bamboo where it has been grown at a residential property without realising exactly how that it may very likely take over, or even where it has spread from an adjoining property.

In conclusion, the experts have said, that invasive bamboo is really coming to be a notable issue for British property owners that may well not have realised its growth rate and its invasiveness if not efficiently regulated. In some cases, the ‘running’ bamboo varieties can extend up to 30ft below ground as well as significant above-ground growth.

A number of mortgage lenders in the UK and The RICS (The Royal Insitute Of Chartered Surveyors) are actually extremely averse to lending on a property where Japanese Knotweed exists or has been present, and an increasing number of, are now understanding that bamboo is likewise a significant problem but is still unrecognised by plenty of homeowners as an invasive weed that can grow out of control if not planted correctly and managed.

Bamboo seeds can still easily be obtained online or from garden centres all over the UK and this is actually adding to the issue that property owners are still uninformed regarding the repercussions of planting and not regulating it. This often leads to it growing out of control and taking over the other flowers and vegetation in a garden and perhaps even spreading to other house owners’ gardens and land.

Green Leaf Remediation & Removal have noticed a substantial surge in the number of enquiries being received from anxious house owners who have sown bamboo and inadvertently enabled the plant to grow out of control. Our UK weed experts will ascertain the expansion and recommend our best management and eradication solutions providing you peace of mind that it will not take control of your garden. Contact us at 0117 321 7799 right away and our team can arrange a cost-free, and no-obligation site survey.

Bamboo in Dursley

Bamboo in Dursley – Questions & Answers

Is Bamboo an illegal plant in the UK?

Bamboo isn’t currently classified as an invasive plant in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and there are absolutely no regulations when growing it, however, the weed control industry is suggesting that bamboo can be as unpredictable as Japanese Knotweed with the very same capability to disperse, very quickly grow and infest sizable areas of land.

There have been increasingly more recent claims from property owners that have actually taken legal action against neighbours and properties around them where their bamboo has been allowed to spread out onto their homes and come to be a serious issue for them. There are various varieties of the bamboo plant and some are much more invasive and damaging than others.

What varieties are there?

Both the clumping and running types, possess substantial underground root and rhizome systems, making them incredibly hard to control and remove without making use of an invasive plant service provider like Green Leaf Remediation & Removal.

Running Bamboo is the kind that disperses rapidly over and below ground. It disperses lengthy, lateral rhizomes (root system), that are able to frequently reach up to 30ft from the primary plant. This leads to the plant fairly quickly spreading with new shoots and growth emerging in new areas or onto other land or property causing disruption everywhere.

The running bamboo is able to spread out quickly, it has been said that it can have the potential to be more damaging than Japanese knotweed and it has very similar abilities to exploit and push through broken or fractured brickwork, drains, wall structures and patios causing more destruction as it flourishes.

Clumping Bamboo is known as being less intrusive than running bamboo, nonetheless, if it is left uncontrolled and unmanaged it can easily spread out and very quickly grow out of control.

If growing bamboo you really should always consult a specialist regarding the type you use, and also plant it in containers or with tough root barrier systems in place so as to contain it to the location you want it for, which will protect against the chance of it spreading out.

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

Clump-Forming Bamboo – This particular type of bamboo has a root mass quite similar to normal ornamental grasses, spreading out from the centre and never developing canes greater than 5-10cm from the existing plant.

Running Bamboo – A running bamboo spreads by its horizontal below-ground stems from which overground canes then grow. This underground stem stretches and shoots up another cane 60-80cm away from the first planting site enabling it to very quickly spread out. This is why a bamboo’s roots really should be held by a root barrier system or in an appropriate flowerpot to stop it from spreading aggressively and colonizing parts of the soil you don’t really 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 Bambo0

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

How quickly does Bamboo in Dursley grow?

This all depends on the type of bamboo along with the environmental factors of the local area, soil, air, water and typical ground conditions. Bamboo is known to be a highly unpredictable plant which in turn suggests you need to take exceptional care and guidance from an expert if growing it or investing in a property where it exists.


Running Bamboo tends to grow to its full-grown height incredibly quickly and spread out aggressively. Some can grow up to 8 metres while others only make it to 1 metre, turning it into a huge unknown when planting it, or even if you already have it on your property. Their roots really need to be contained to prevent them from spreading as their brand-new canes can grow 90cm to 1.5 metres taller annually up until they reach their highest growing height.

Clump-forming bamboo has a tendency to grow to less than 5 metres high due to its modest culms however they are able to grow equally as wide in time if not successfully regulated. The new canes of clump-forming bamboo can easily grow up to 30-45cm taller each year until it reaches their maximum height.

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

Is Bamboo invasive?

Bamboo is extremely invasive and like Japanese Knotweed, it expands by using its root system and will be invasive unless controlled by a specialist like Green Leaf Remediation. Bamboo is incredibly hardy meaning it will grow in most soils and in extreme climate conditions.

Bamboo has now obtained its bad reputation for careless planting since if planted along with the appropriate control methods in place, it can be manageable and a lovely plant to have in your garden.

Bamboo spreads from its fast-growing roots that push horizontally through the soil with its lateral buds which then steer up to form the canes. Running bamboo will cover ground more quickly than a clump-forming bamboo type and typically takes homeowners unawares at just how rapidly it spreads.

What types of soil does Bamboo flourish in?

Bamboo is extremely robust and not at all fussy when it comes to soil type. This may be an advantage if planted for the right reasons and effectively managed.

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

Not many people are aware that bamboo is grass, however, a lot of the fast-growing invasive bamboo types have an extremely tree-like appearance so are often talked about as bamboo trees. Their stems can be anything from a few centimetres in height and as much as 8 metres in only a couple of years, with their stem diameters ranging anything from 1 mm to 30 cm.

Can you grow Bamboo in pots?

If you want to grow Bamboo at your home in Dursley, it can be grown in pots or containers depending upon which kind they are. Growing them in a pot or container will certainly avoid them from spreading and cultivating your property.

Can Bamboo decrease the value of a property?

Bamboo in Dursley is becoming much more known in the property, mortgage and the UK invasive weed industry as a plant that can devalue a residential or commercial property due to its exceptionally invasive and unpredictable nature. More and more mortgage companies are now asking if bamboo exists at a property and some may not lend on it therefore always do your research before giving on a property and making an application for a mortgage.

Is Bamboo poisonous to people?

When eaten, bamboo contains a toxic substance that generates cyanide in the human gut. The shoots can be edible, however, they need their exteriors cut away and then boiled before eating them. Our experts would recommend that you 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 resistance of a sample of wood to denting and wear.

Is Bamboo green in the wintertime?

Most types of bamboo are evergreen thus they stay green and also vibrant all throughout the winter season when most other plants have died back and this has made them extremely appealing to homeowners that don’t realise their invasive growth. They may drop a few leaves during the course of the year but it isn’t a significant 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 said that in the UK the plant has attributes similar to those of an “alien invasive species”. A few of those features include being fast-spreading, prevailing over 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 qualified professionals that can be depended on to fix problems impacting buildings and residential or commercial property in general.

What the PCA say concerning their practitioners

      • Professional trustworthy site surveys and investigations that deliver peace of mind through detailed investigation and correct diagnosis for house owners 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 visually pleasing and is a terrific plant to use if you are looking for privacy in a location. Nevertheless, we suggest taking exceptional caution and would not advise planting Bamboo in Dursley in a typical residential garden due to its invasive root growth, it will spread underground as well as grow swiftly above ground, taking control of the other plants and vegetation in your garden if not properly managed.

Planting Bamboo is quite similar to planting Japanese Knotweed in your back garden, having said that, it isn’t yet against the law to do so. House owners well know Japanese Knotweed as being an invasive weed but Bamboo seeds and plants are still extensively marketed throughout the UK however possess the exact same invasive characteristics as Knotweed and will swiftly take over an area if not handled correctly.

Green Leaf Remediation has seen how unpleasant Bamboo in Dursley is and our team have helped many customers who were initially not aware of its harmful and unpredictable attributes whenever they initially planted it, or whenever they first brought their house to remove and regulate their bamboo infestation.
Bamboo in Dursley is often cultivated along boundaries in or about a structure to provide privacy to a residential property. Throughout the last couple of years, our experts have seen how this has resulted in numerous unpleasant and preventable conflicts with neighbours whenever the bamboo has extended out of control onto their property.

Our view is that while bamboo is not yet registered as an invasive weed as Japanese Knotweed is, better awareness and concern for this plant are called for. There are over one hundred species of bamboo, with upwards of 30 or so varying varieties frequently discovered in the UK.

The fundamental guide to the different bamboo rhizomes (roots) is:

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

Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants available to buy easily and will quickly colonise new soil, and in doing so, will rapidly consume open spaces and can cause substantial damage to many solid structures.

The rhizomes aren’t as brittle as their Japanese Knotweed equivalent, making them a demanding task to get rid of if you are not a professional. Once a bamboo rhizome has developed itself within the ground or between a solid construction, taking it out is the same as attempting to remove a rope from a solid slab of cement.

Green Leaf Remediation offer different removal and control solutions when it pertains to bamboo. Each infestation will have its very own problems and our experts are going to calculate the best extraction and management methods depending on your property and site.

In many scenarios, we make use of an excavator to remove most of the bamboo’s rhizome. We can also put in an appropriate ‘root barrier that prevents the rhizome from continuing to spread within your own and neighbouring 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 out into locations you don’t want it to.

If you have an invasion of bamboo or are concerned you have Bamboo in Dursley contact us today at 0117 321 7799 to arrange your complimentary and no-obligation site survey. Our bamboo professionals will evaluate and provide you with different options depending on your property and needs.

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