Wild (?) Bamboo, E. Tennessee
Hi, I am new here ;-)
I have read and researched all over, and not found the information I need. Maybe someone here knows?
There's a couple stands of wild (feral?) bamboo here, (Just south of Knoxville) growing beside the highway. It belongs along the highway in my front yard ;-)
I'm not much experienced 'gardener' but from what I have read it appears that bamboo is harder to kill than it is to grow -- perfect for a "black thumb beginner" to start with.
"Spreading" is what I WANT it to do. It cannot possibly get down into my "yard" there's 3 100# dogs who's running makes it look like a 4-wheeler theme park.
My dogs are why I want the bamboo. The ground is so rocky here it's impossible to drive fence posts into the ground far enough that dogs can't knock them down. I lost one last year from swallowing plastic, a food wrapper thrown from road.
So, anyways, how do I move the bamboo from where it is to where I need it? What parts of it do I need to get? I have read "Roots" but should I not get stems too? WHEN should I get it?
MOST important, how to I prepare it's place? What should I use to help it grow very very tall and as fast as possible?
What do I plant, how far apart?
My objective here is to (God Help us please) get a good, dense tall screen between the road (And beer-cans, food wrappers, etc) and my house as quickly as possible.
I have tools. I have elbow grease. I have a car that cant tote very much, but don't mind making a few trips. I have no cash.
Could someone please give "assume reader knows nothing" directions to successfully gather and plant the wild bamboo?
THANK YOU in advance