Bamboo: elegant solution or flora nightmare?
May 15, 2012 4:10 PM Subscribe
Should I plant bamboo?
posted by amanda to home & garden (34 answers total)
So, I've got two spots in my yard. I'd like to put tall, running bamboo on the north side of the yard to visually break up the huge mass of vinyl-sided two-story garage that my neighbor built close to the property line. We have had a hippie bamboo guy out to discuss installation and he wants to do a 3 sided barrier. You control the runners toward the rest of the yard with a trench and your wiley knife skills. Plus, we'd probably hire him or someone like him for annual maintenance.
We've got two other spots where we are considering clumping bamboo to screen our other neighbor's un-curtained windows (their bathroom and bedroom). These are shady spots which bamboo guy says is good for the plant.
I've heard horror stories but I'm also charmed by the bamboo I've seen out there. Tell me what you think, those who have experience with bamboo!