Bamboo Barriers

oddnumberDecember 27, 2013

Morning all, I hope you all had a good Christmas.

I have a question about installing barriers around my Golden bamboo if I may. I planted, rather naively, a 10 metre row of Golden bamboo last June without installing barriers to control spread (purely becasue I had realised it might be a problem).

Is it too late to add barriers around it now? Or is it closing the gate after the horse has bolted, so to speak? If it isn't too late what might be the best way to retro-install some?

Many thanks for any help :)

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

It usually takes a couple of years before it travels much, so putting it in now will be fine. Below is a link that shows how to install barrier.

Here is a link that might be useful: Barrier

This post was edited by kudzu9 on Sat, Dec 28, 13 at 16:07

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 4:03PM
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stevelau1911

Here's the reason why I never use any barriers on my bamboos. It makes them choke themselves out and eventually run out of space. Rhizome pruning, and taking out chunks of the bamboo over time is much more sustainable.

Here is a link that might be useful: pictures of bamboo barrier

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 9:28PM
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jasonlmarsh(7)

You probably already have some rhizomes escaping out into your yard, but it's not a big deal. You will hit them while diging your trench to install the barrier. Once you hit one, be sure to dig it up from the yard side of the trench so it does not continue to grow. I started with 12' tall clumps of bamboo, and within the first year, I had several rhizomes running out 4 feet or so into the yard. When I see shoots start coming up, I go dig the rhizome up and cut it back into the grove area.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 9:29AM
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oddnumber

Thanks chaps. I planted them as mentioned last May, and they were around 8' high - they've certainly filled out and I still have shoots popping up now, even in Winter.

The things that concerns me is the likelihood of them escaping into neighbouring yards and taking over!

I guess I can just cut through any rhizomes that I encounter - would that stop it?

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 3:37AM
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