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    Bamboo..........???

    A while back, I posted this thread........

    >> Pruning a Cedar Shrub....HELP <<

    Well, in that thread, Bill Lantry suggested "Bamboo", I was not really keen on the idea, as I've seen a LOT of lousy looking plantings of bamboo, stuff grows like grass

    But then, the other day, I was walking down the street and I saw this........

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    ........ in front of a small local restaurant.

    I think this looks really nice, and so does Emiko, so when the other trees come out, there is a good chance, the new green stuff will be bamboo, thanks Bill
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    Stu,

    Glad you like it. I ain't much of a woodworker, but I *am* a gardener...

    By the way, that looks like what we call "black stem" bamboo around these parts. Where you are, I think they call it Nitaguro chiku. Tough enough to grow in containers, looks good year round, and if it starts getting a little rampant it's amenable to trimming...

    Now if I could only finish this house, so I can have a garden again...

    Thanks,

    Bill
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    ack - i HAVE bamboo in my yard - and i am absolutely ticked that i do. It sprouts new shoots all over the yard - some as many as 30-40... even 50 feet away from the stand of bamboo itself!
    Jason Beam
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Beam View Post
    ack - i HAVE bamboo in my yard - and i am absolutely ticked that i do. It sprouts new shoots all over the yard - some as many as 30-40... even 50 feet away from the stand of bamboo itself!
    Nandina (AKA "Heavenly Bamboo") is bad enough, I have no idea how nasty the real stuff is. The local nursery had some black bamboo for sale awhile back, with "Container Only!" in great big letters on the planting recommendations...I decided life was too short to mess with something that aggressive.
    Where are we going? And what am I doing in this handbasket?

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    Lee,

    "heavenly bamboo", as you know, is not bamboo at all, it's actually a Barberry. If there's one plant I could bar from the planet, it would be that. This is likely a result of every bad condo landscape designer in so cal planting it in the central courtyard. It's the plant equivalent of those awful crocs you see on everyone's feet in the summer time...

    Jason, if you want to get rid of it, it's really easy. You're near Sacramento? We'll talk around mid February. It's no big deal...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post

    Jason, if you want to get rid of it, it's really easy. You're near Sacramento? We'll talk around mid February. It's no big deal...

    Thanks,

    Bill
    Bill - I'll hold ya to it! I've heard remedies ranging from cutting it off and painting round-up FULL strength on the ends within 15 seconds to a whole lot of digging. I don't do digging - especially when it's something i dislike. I'd be more inclined to nuke my yard than dig up bamboo roots. :P

    Mid feb is the right time, eh? That's already helpful - we were thinkin' of doing it as soon as we picked up the good juice (50buck roundup). I wasn't sure it'd work and 50 clams is a big gamble for something i have disdain for.

    I shall pick your brain come february, then. Thank you
    Jason Beam
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    Lee,

    "heavenly bamboo", as you know, is not bamboo at all, it's actually a Barberry.
    I know. But at least IME the root ball is (relatively) easy to dig up, and that really will kill a chunk of it. From what I understand, the only long-term cure for real bamboo involves napalm.
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    Jason,

    There's no digging involved. And no roundup (blech). Having grown up with chlordane around the house, I'm disinclined to believe any claims about the safety of pesticides and herbicides. We actually used to use 24d around the house. Yikes! Then they mixed it with 245t...

    Anyway, it's actually really easy...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Looks nice. And, it could give your place an Asian look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    ...And, it could give your place an Asian look.
    That's funny right there.

    Maybe they could get a sign that says "芝生立ち入り禁止です。" That would really add an Asian flair.
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