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Im planning on digging up a bamboo clump next week and i was wondering what the best tool or method is of digging up the wooden clump/roots. The clump is surrounded by plants and paving so I dont have much room to slide a spade in around the sides. I was thinking of maybe using an axe to try to break it up. Does anyone know of any better tools or methods I can use to remove the roots?

Many Thanks,



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,397

    a mattock might be handy.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,874

    Spear and Jackson Neverbend root breaker.

    I saw one in the local garden centre. It has a  long metal shaft for better leverage, and is less likely to break than a spade.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Crow bar.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    We have something that's called a Grafter, quite heavy but very strong spade which is narrower at tip than where the handle is. This has got all sorts out, or I should say H with grafter has. Sycamore stumps and old apple tree.

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    I agree with Kev, these trenching spades 'grafters' are good, strong with a longish shaft for leverage,I use one for post holes, it will cut through almost anything including stone/bricks, it's long blade & narrow shape helps it get right underneath a plant & into tight areas, I would recomend any gardener to own one, my gardener friend borrowed mine so often i ended up buying one for her image 

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Gid Joiner image 

    Glyn4 let us know what 'weapon' you use and how you get on. Good luck.

  • Glyn4Glyn4 Posts: 20

    Well after a trip to a well known DIY store I purchased an array of "weapons" which included an axe, mattock, loppers and wrecking bar. In the end the best tools where the wrecking bar to help dig into and break up the the solid clump and the loppers to help cut the bamboo and roots. Using good tools certainly makes the job alot easier!

    Thanks all for your help!    

  • (Y) well done, good tools & sometimes finding the correct tool is quite often the key to an easier job image

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