More than a year ago I wrote about trying to kill bamboo behind our garage. I decided to smother it with carpet, and I planned to leave the carpet there for a very long time. I didn't know how long - I just wanted to make sure the bamboo was dead. More than a year later I had to remove the carpet, because our Magnolia tree was being removed. It wasn't long enough, in my opinion, to kill the bamboo, and it looks like I was right.
Recently I've spent time back there removing wood chips, leveling the ground and building a chicken coop, and I've noticed the bamboo coming back with a vengeance. I've pulled up some shoots, but I have a lot of work ahead of me. I'm hoping the chickens will help when they arrive.