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Old 06-13-2010, 09:14 AM
 
Location: NC, USA
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makes a good fishing pole for kids, would NEVER plant it on my property, might plant it on someones elses property if they had royally ticked me off.
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Old 06-13-2010, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Seems like everyones experience is with running bamboo, which I would not plant in the ground without a barrier. Unfortunately most people go to home depot and buy Golden Bamboo and plant it and it takes over 4 peoples backyards.
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Old 06-13-2010, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Arizona High Desert
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bamboo is one of the best resources on the planet. It can be used to build things. It comes in pretty colors. It's strong. Makes great wind chimes.
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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but it has no place in a personal yard or garden. planting it there is a big mistake.
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Old 06-13-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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I have the japanese black bamboo. I planted them inside huge tuff storage box thing
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Old 06-13-2010, 01:41 PM
 
Location: 38°14′45″N 122°37′53″W
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Bamboo is misunderstood. Clumping is fine, running is not. I love the way it looks, it's great for privacy and I know people that love it so much that they planted the running bamboo on purpose.
Too much work for me, but the dug down and inserted sheet metal barriers 4 feet down around it. Contains the running issue that others are seemingly clueless about, apparently.
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Old 06-13-2010, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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even the "clumping" ones spread rapidly. And don't think you can just bury the pot in the soil. roots will grow thru the holes in the pot and it will still spread. Ask me how I know.
I have one type of clumping bamboo (sorry, don't know the exact name) and it's barely expanded in 5 years. So far I like it.
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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but it has no place in a personal yard or garden. planting it there is a big mistake.
Frankly, I beg to differ, we have it all over our property and its lovely. It has not done anything to effect the rest of our plants. It looks great, uses minimal water, provides great shade and is a nice focal point.
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I have one type of clumping bamboo (sorry, don't know the exact name) and it's barely expanded in 5 years. So far I like it.
If it has not expanded, try using lawn fertilizer, it really helps them take off.
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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