Treatment and removal

Bamboo Control

Bamboo is a plant with a highly invasive growth pattern that can spread beyond its intended planting area and end up causing problems with encroachment. Environment Controls can help! With our treatment, removal and containment services, we’ll get Bamboo under control.


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Bamboo is a really popular plant, and it’s the ‘running’ variety that quickly becomes invasive. Many home and property owners use Bamboo as an ‘ornamental’ plant, or as a natural screen. However Running bamboo is a voracious grower and it can quickly spread far beyond the intended planting area.

While not officially classed as an invasive weed, the number of encroachment cases across the UK is increasing as neighbours take legal action when bamboo spreads onto their property.

We offer three main forms of control for Bamboo growth:

  • Herbicide treatment
  • Excavation
  • Containment

Environment Controls is a trading name of Japanese Knotweed Ltd. We have been building relationships with customers since 2010 and have over 1,000 independent five star reviews on TrustPilot. Our H&S trained and accredited team members will resolve your Bamboo infestation.

The benefits of a survey

Getting the help you need starts with a survey. Book your survey today and our highly qualified and experienced surveyors will be able to provide you with a comprehensive report of the extent of the infestation and offer clear no-obligation advice on the best options available to resolve the issue.

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Bamboo Removal Services

Environment Controls can control Running bamboo growth in a number of ways, but the two primary options are:

Herbicide control

We have a range of treatment options and techniques that are designed to control and kill the Bamboo growth. The method of application varies depending on the species and level of growth, but we can conduct a survey and advise you on the best course of action and provide you with a treatment plan.


Excavation results in the eradication of the immediate infestation and this is achieved by careful excavation of the above ground and below ground elements of the plant. Bamboo doesn’t tend to grow very deeply into the ground, but it can spread out quite far. With a survey, we will be able to precisely determine the spread and ensure tidy and targeted removal.


Bamboo Containment 

In addition to the treatment and removal of Bamboo, there are also options to put containment measures in place to prevent Bamboo from spreading beyond its intended planting area.

Root Barrier

This underground barrier stops the roots from spreading beyond their intended area. The barriers can be made out of a range of materials including concrete. However if the barriers aren’t fit for purpose, the correct thickness or the correct depth, then they can be ineffective. Environment Controls can provide professional advice and installation to ensure that your Bamboo is contained and can grow happily in its intended space.

Thinning and Cutting

Another method to keep Bamboo contained is to thin out and cut the growth. when Bamboo clumps reach their maximum growing height during the growing season, they rarely increase in size, but will produce another crop of clumps for the following season (and so on). Thinning Bamboo by cutting back older clumps will restrict how far it will spread.


What is ‘Invasive’ Bamboo?

In the UK Bamboo is particularly popular in urban areas due to its screening qualities, creating privacy in overlooked gardens. However, it can also be highly invasive and spread out of controlled, far beyond its intended area if allowed.

There are two main types of Bamboo: Running and Clumping. When it comes to invasive Bamboo, the worst offenders are the ‘running’ types which have large networks of roots and rhizomes. Rhizomes are underground plant stems (roots) that grow horizontally and allow more Bamboo to grow. These rhizomes are capable of spreading as far as 30 feet and if left unchecked and untreated can invade neighbouring gardens – and even pose a risk to the structural foundation of houses and buildings.

While Bamboo is not listed under Schedule 9, Part II of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and is not officially classed as an invasive species, encroachment cases are becoming more common and more homeowners are taking legal action against neighbours who have allowed it to spread.


Why choose us

  • We are a trusted partner with over 1000 independent five-star reviews on Trustpilot
  • We have extensive in-house expertise
  • We are industry leading Bamboo specialists
  • Our teams are fully trained and qualified to the highest standards
  • We work nationwide so we can help no matter where you are


Get in touch to learn more about our Bamboo control service