Does bamboo require maintenance?

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Bamboo is a versatile and hardy plant that can thrive with minimal care, but some maintenance practices can help manage its growth and appearance according to your preferences.

Spread Control: Bamboo can be a vigorous grower, and some species spread through underground rhizomes. Without barriers, bamboo may spread into adjacent areas. The spread can easily be controlled by using proper containment, but if you choose not to install a rhizome barrier, you can control the spread by regularly mowing along the edge of the planting area. This simple practice can effectively keep the bamboo within its desired bounds.

Annual Trimming: While bamboo naturally grows to a certain height depending on the species, you can opt to trim it to maintain a specific height or shape. This is not necessary for the health of the plant but is an option if you have height restrictions or aesthetic preferences. Trimming can be done with hedge shears or by hand once a year, typically in the late summer or early fall after the shooting season.

It’s worth noting that bamboo is largely a low-maintenance plant, especially once established. By considering the natural characteristics of the bamboo species you select and your landscape design, maintenance can be minimized to suit your lifestyle.

Vehicle Loading & Towing Recommendations

To give you an idea of what you can carry, we typically load 25 Adult Screening Plants in a long bed pickup truck or 20 in a 6-1/2′ bed. You can get 80-85 plants on a double axle 16 foot trailer.

You will need a tailgate or ramps or need to build some elevation on the back of your trailer.

If you don’t have a tarp, we can cover the plants for you- we have successfully had plants make it to Colorado, Maryland, Michigan and Florida covered with carpet backing or “Leno.”

If you expect your order to be greater than 20 plants, please call ahead so we can be sure of availability of your particular species. We prefer to stabilize the newly dug plants for 2 weeks.