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Posted: Feb/03/2009 8:01 AM PST
Though there are many uses for bamboo in a landscape it can be quite a troublesome plant. When I first moved in I thought it was kinda neat that there was bamboo growing along side the back fence. Now I am not so sure. It has proven to be a problem. Part of me wants to keep it because it is pretty when green and part of me wants it gone. It is quite hard to keep up with the growth rate and I fear of it taken over my yard. find a way to incorperate it into a landscape or have it dug up? any opinion either way would be of great help thanx.
Location: Lancaster, SC
Posted: Feb/03/2009 8:49 AM PST
Bamboo is extremely difficult to get rid of. It will definitely take over. You'd better start now. I'm sure if you google it, you will find different techniques to keep it in check; such as underground barriers.
Posted: Oct/01/2012 6:25 AM PST
Although I love the texture and screening affect that bamboo has inherent in it's form, the common variety of bamboo can be problematic in landscape design because of it's nature to move beyond the boundary desired in a landscape and eventually take over an area, given the right conditions. Before investing in any extensive landscape installation or property landscape additions, I would consider eradicating the common bamboo from your landscape to prevent future invasion of this aggressive species into a landscape. There is a variety that stays in a clump and does not put out runners underground and sprout up in a new location like common bamboo, one variety recommended is named Bambusa oldhamii, it will stay in a clumped form and not spread, however you may want to check with your local nursery for their recommendation of a variety in your region that will preform well for your climate.