EXPERTS at a national trade body are urging gardeners to research bamboo species and containment methods before planting out this season.

The Property Care Association’s (PCA) Invasive Weed Control Group specialises in the monitoring and control of invasive plants, including varieties of bamboo.

While a popular addition to many gardens, some bamboo species can become invasive, causing aesthetic damage and spreading to neighbouring properties, similar to the capability of Japanese Knotweed.

Daniel Docking, the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control technical manager, said: “Invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed are regularly in the headlines, but PCA members’ work embraces all aspects of invasive non-native plant control, including invasive bamboo species.

“Our advice to gardeners is to be particularly careful about the varieties they choose for their gardens.

“While there are more than 1,000 different bamboo species that can complement garden aesthetics, there is a handful that have the capacity to become invasive and can completely overrun a garden if not contained.”

Prior to planting, gardeners should undertake research into the invasive capabilities of their chosen variety.

Planting within a suitable container, or installing a root barrier will drastically reduce the risk of an invasive bamboo being able to spread.

Mr Docking added: “If invasive bamboo is creeping out of the confines of its designated space, or into neighbouring properties, then remedial action should be taken as quickly as possible.

“If it is causing damage to the garden or home, specialist help from a property professional such as a PCA member should be sought immediately.”

Gardeners can find out more about invasive weed control at the PCA’s free online information area: and can find an expert Invasive Weed Control Group member at Property Care Association - Home (