Privacy along a short fence
I have a 4 foot fence along the back of my back yard (North). On the East and West sides of the fence are two beautiful spruces. In between the spruces I have about 40' of fence to which I want to add more privacy. I have rolled all different solutions around in my head: arborvitae (get's too large and wide I want something narrow), holly (grows to slow and toxic to my dogs that eat everything), other shrubs (grow to slow and can't find something that looks attractive.
So now I am thinking that bamboo may be the solution. I love the look of bamboo, but I have always been scared to plant it because of all the horror stories you hear about it overrunning your property, etc. I want a narrow privacy hedge (depth of about 4 feet or so), so bamboo seems like it would be a good solution. I would also like something that gives me privacy year round (i.e. it doesn't drop all it's leaves and becomes "public" in the winter).
Do you have an suggestions of bamboo for my area? How do I prepare the site and where do I purchase the bamboo? I'm a complete noob when it comes to bamboo, so bear with me.