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Old 09-16-2010, 11:02 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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We are moving into a house that has a brick wall along one side and it is only 4 ft high so wanted something to put there for privacy - without offending the neighbours. I thought bamboo would be a good idea to form a screen along the wall !! maybe not ? or are there any types which would work
I live in Texas
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:23 PM
 
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I always wanted to plant some ornamental bamboo in a large pot and keep it on the porch or out in the yard. I'd only like it to grow about 2 feet though, which I think is unlikely with bamboo unless you can top it off. Are there any species like that? I saw some palms that look more or less similar to bamboo but not quite enough.
Sure are. Start with these:

Indoor Bamboo

And there are more.
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:24 PM
 
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We are moving into a house that has a brick wall along one side and it is only 4 ft high so wanted something to put there for privacy - without offending the neighbours. I thought bamboo would be a good idea to form a screen along the wall !! maybe not ? or are there any types which would work
I live in Texas
Yes. However I would first construct a bamboo barrier so that it does not spread or even go under the wall.

There are lots of online bamboo vendors and most advise and also sell bamboo barriers.
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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If my nieghbor planted bamboo close to the property line I would be very angry. And what is a bamboo barrier? I've seen it jump creeks, go under brick walls, etc.
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:12 PM
 
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If my nieghbor planted bamboo close to the property line I would be very angry. And what is a bamboo barrier? I've seen it jump creeks, go under brick walls, etc.
Many kinds. You can use concrete, metal tubs, or pvc lining.
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:14 AM
 
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I'm am sorry to have missed this thread when it was active. I love bamboo. It makes a wonderful screen from close neighbors and requires no maintenance unlike ornamental grasses. I have both tall grasses and bamboo and like them both but lean towrd bamboo.

As for restricting bamboo, I am sure in tropical conditions it is more invasive than in the midwest but I have have very little effort to keep in in bounds.

Here's some pics of both grasses and bamboo:





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Old 01-08-2011, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Just beware of roving bands of hungry Pandas.
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:56 PM
 
Location: central va central me south fl
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i love bamboo, i eat them, uses cane for projects in the garden. they grow well in south Florida in 5 years they mature to produce young shoot and they are wonderful to eat. now i moved to mid Atlantic area have to start planting them all over again, hopefully in 5-7 years i can enjoy my bamboo again.
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Old 01-09-2011, 03:55 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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Anyone like bamboo ?

Makes a good fishin' pole for a small kid, my grand parents cut me one when I was three, when I turned five, they put a hook on it.
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I am a total freak against "invasive" plant species, but I have a tender spot in my heart for bamboo, too! But I would never plant it. As much as I love bamboo shoots and pandas LOL I think my neighbors would kill me. oO
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