Prepare for a novella. I've got a bamboo problem (or I assume it's bamboo, I have pics to add). My friends and I are renting a house and finally decided to plant in the yard rather than just containers. We've got three patches where there's no grass, two with ivy spread and one with bamboo plants we thought were dead. As soon as we made this decision that dead bamboo came back with a vengeance, sprouting a couple dozen shoots up to 20' from the original, dead plant. Damn zombie plants. Anyhow, we'd still like to plant in the original bed as we assume the shoots we leave alone will still propagate later and the landlord won't know the difference. The problem being, of course, bamboo is aggressive and hard to be rid of. The shoots are all connected by this crazy, deep root system (I expected shallow roots, it's a grass after all) and the mother plant is so deep I can't get it to budge.
I've seen all sorts of long winded techniques to deal with bamboo (really just starve or control) but I was hoping someone might have insight into more immediate solutions.
If I dig up the shoots in the bed will any roots I miss just sprout again?
Will the other plants farther away just spread back into the bed?
Does bamboo grow/spread quickly enough that if I cleared the bed now would I have new shoots within the season?
Even if I clear it I'm afraid I'll end up with new shoots in a few weeks but this time with my own plants to work around. On top of that there's these layers below the surface of what look like wooden boards that look almost like they're made of chips of wood (like mulch) all compacted together. I wonder if that was for the bamboo, though now it's all rotted.