What Is the Best Way to Cut Down Bamboo Stalks?

Cutting down bamboo for harvesting or simply for pruning to control size, shape or spread of the plant, can be accomplished with a few household tools, depending on the size of the diameter of the stalks, or culms, as they are called.

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Small & Medium Diameter Culms

Heavy loppers are a good choice for smaller diameter culms or canes less than an inch to an inch and a half in diameter. For medium-size canes that are two inches or more in diameter a hand saw will be more effective, particularly if you are harvesting the bamboo for decorative use as a saw can give a cleaner cut.

Larger Culms & High Volume Cuts

To efficiently cut larger diameter culms that are three inches or more in diameter or when large stands of bamboo need to be cut down, a chainsaw will be your best bet as it can quickly and easily cut through one or more culms at a time.