How do I control bamboo spread?

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It’s all about the Rhizomes (THIS NEEDS AN ILLUSTRATION)

Rhizomes are underground (VG vid @ 3:15) … this is the food for the bamboo… and it can be controlled by cutting into the ground. Rhizomes expand underground up to 20’/year and are normally in the top 4 to 6” of soil.

Control Method #1 – Root Pruning

Take a can of spray paint and mark a line on the ground each year. Then, take a special nursery spade and go straight down, 6” into the group to sever the rhizome, which severs from the shoots. This is called “root pruning”.

Control Method #2 – Tree root barrier

same as used for trees in an urban setting

60 mil high density polyethelene (nursing pots) underground

this method is heavily used commercially. Chris tells of seeing this (VG vid 5:20) at the Creation Museum near Cincinnati in their botanical garden. They have 17+ rows of bamboo surrounded by flowers and shrubs (IMAGE). The reason the bamboo isn’t taking over the flower beds is because, if you look, you can see 3” of plastic sticking up above the ground (VG vid shows this at 5:41)

Control Method #3 – Above ground containers/planters (VG vid 6:25)

Corrugated Metal Planters – These look nice and work well (google image search)

ABC sells these

Control Method #4 – Mowing during normal lawn mowing

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.