best clumping bamboo for narrow plantings

socteauJanuary 4, 2010

I have a narrow space along the side of my house, aprox. 45'x3'. I need to be able to have access to and walk down the side of my house. I would like to plant a higher branching clumping bamboo that will provide screening around 6" and up. Does anyone have any recommendations as to the best variety to plant? What will my maintainence be like?

Thanks,Sophia

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kentuck_8b(__)

So the three foot space along the side of your house, will be used for planting and having a walk area?

Kt

    Bookmark   January 5, 2010 at 9:51PM
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alan_l(6)

I wasn't clear on that either -- is it 3' total, or 3' for bamboo (with another 3' or whatever for the walkway)?

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 12:44PM
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socteau

sorry. the space is narrow, ~3' wide. it is on the side of house where the utilities are located. so access is needed, but not like a formal walking path. i would like to plant bamboo but am wondering if the clumping bamboo will need all the space (width-wise) to provide an adequate hedge.

my neighbor cut down our "mutual" vines and i have always liked bamboo's look. we had bamboo in the past in our backyard as a screen, but it was the run for your life variety. i would like to use clumping bamboo as a screen between houses.

thanks

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 8:57PM
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alan_l(6)

With only 3' of space, you'll need something very upright, with very short branches. I don't know if any clumpers fit that description, or would fit in that space when mature.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 3:17PM
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