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August 2012 - Bamboo Cincinnati Gabelman's Gardens

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Bamboo Containment and Care

Bamboo Containment

Bamboo Containment

Bamboo Containment

This post will teach you the many ways of Bamboo containment and care. There are many ways to contain a running bamboo. You can start by just mowing around your new division. This will keep it semi-contained but if it is allowed to keep running it may  invade an area that you don’t mow. Now if you can mow a large area around the bamboo it can be contained this way. I have a grove of Arundinaria Gigantea that has been growing for many, many years and is completely contained by mowing on one side and forest on the other. However if let go these bamboo thickets or cane breaks can cover very large areas sometimes miles.

Bamboo Containment By Rhizome Pruning

One of the easier ways to contain bamboo is by rhizome pruning. Rhizome pruning is very easy, you just take a flat bladed shovel and push it into the ground. And cut off any rhizomes that surround your bamboo.  It must  be done before the rhizome hardens off. After that it will grow new shoots. Cut rhizomes after the canes(culms) are not actively growing in the fall.  And again in the spring before new growth(shoots) begin. You can also dig a trench around the bamboo. And when the rhizomes grow out into it clip them off. Or the hardest method of bamboo containment of all dig a trench around the bamboo and install a bamboo barrier.

Bamboo Containment Money Making Method

The best method of bamboo containment for me is to dig up the strays and sell them. If you need more information on containing bamboo stop by and we’ll give you step by step instructions and a better understanding on growing and containing bamboo. I now grow 39 different species of bamboo and will have more soon. It is my obsession it is my life and I now cannot live without it. I still contain it but let it run wild for a while so it can mature. For a mature bamboo is a beautiful sight to see. One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Thank You for reading.

Privacy Screen Living

 

 

Living Privacy Screen

Privacy Screen Living

Bamboo is a great way to get Privacy Screen Living

Privacy Screen Living is important to enjoying our backyards. Privacy is a great thing to have these days.  Bamboo is a great way to get that privacy. And do what’s good for the environment. Instead of cutting down trees to build a privacy fence. Why not grow your privacy fence? In most areas a wooden privacy fence is restricted to only 6 ft tall. With a living fence there is no height restrictions. And bamboo comes in many sizes and can be pruned to keep at a certain height. Plus it looks much better. You don’t have to paint it or stain it. And Bamboo will hold its leaves in the winter months. And still look beautiful. Just be sure to get bamboo that is hardy to your area. Some bamboos will grow fine here. But need to be protected in the winter. And others need no protection at all.

Bamboo Hardiness

Privacy Screen Living

Privacy Screen Living

In my opinion a bamboo gains it true hardiness once established. And by that I mean many, many canes around it for protection. Bamboo really starts to spread in its 3rd and 4th years. Depending on what you started with. Simple rhizome pruning will control spread. Along with regular mowing. Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world. Do your part and the bamboo will make you very happy.  Phyllostachys Aureosulcata makes an excellent living privacy screen. It can grow to 35 ft tall in my zone 6. And 2+ inches in diameter. It amazes me every day. There are many other phyllostachys that will make a great privacy screen. Too many to name. But I’ll give you a few. There’s Nuda, Bissettii, Rubromarginata, Aurea, Atrovaginata,  Nigra, Aureosulcata Aureocaulis and Spectabilis.

Eco Living

With plenty of maintenance, water and fertilizer. You too, can enjoy this plant for many years to come. And do your part to wipeout your carbon footprint. I just read the other day that if the whole world planted bamboo. That we could reverse the effects of global warming in just 6 short years. Now that’s incredible! Thank you for reading.

Gabelman’s Gardens Bamboo
Gabelman's Gardens Bamboo

Gabelman's Gardens Bamboo
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Jeff Gabelman
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Alexandria, KY 41001
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Backyard Privacy Bamboo
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Phyllostachys Aureosulcata 10 pots 1-3 ft tall. Hardy to -15 degrees F.





Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Yellow Groove
Living Privacy Screen

Phyllostachys Aureosulcata or Yellow Groove


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Phyllostachys Rubromarginata
Phyllostachys Rubromarginata

Phyllostachys Rubromarginata


P. Rubromarginata Bamboo




Phyllostachys Aureocaulis
Phyllostachys Aureocaulis

Phyllostachys Aureocaulis


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Pseudosasa Japonica (Arrow Bamboo)
Pseudosasa Japonica

Pseudosasa Japonica


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