Hello everyone. I'm visiting from the Oklahoma Gardening forum where we've had quite the lively discussion regarding bamboo, and I'm coming to the experts here for further info. A house I'm purchasing has bamboo in the backyard. I believe it's a running bamboo, maybe Golden Bamboo, that hasn't been restrained. There's a corner that I now think isn't a true bamboo at all, maybe Arundo Donax or river cane. When we first looked at the house, I had a negative impression of bamboo in general, thinking it's invasive, etc, but no specific reason experience or recollection of how I'd formed a negative opinion. After researching it and getting lots of input from the OK Gardening forum, our plan is to install a rhizome barrier in late winter/early spring. I see the benefit to having it, as it's an evergreen privacy screen for the pool and a visual barrier between two-story backyard neighbors (who I didn't even know had two-story houses until I looked it up on our county website - the bamboo is that effective at screening!) I do want to contain it so I have a lawn area and vegetable garden area. It's popping up in the lawn and flower beds so that's why I think it doesn't have a barrier or if it did, it's failed.
Can you all please look at my photos and see if I'm on the right track with my guess at Golden Bamboo and Arundo Donax? Way up high at the top the canes are yellow. I have a few people interested in getting transplants and want to start with the right info. Would it be OK to dig the transplants from the areas that will eventually be outside where my rhizome barrier is?
Here is a link that might be useful: bamboo photos