When you think of using grass in your landscaping design, you probably first think of the kind of grass that grows just a few inches tall before you cut it back down again. That type of lawn is appealing for numerous reasons, but grasses come in different forms – including those that grow way up into the air like bamboo.
Many people love the way bamboo looks, but they may be intimidated by the idea of using it on their land. With this article, we’d like to provide you with a basic introduction to how to plant bamboo and how to care for it once it starts growing.
If you would like more help dealing with bamboo or any other part of your landscaping process, contact TLC today. We serve clients throughout the Jackson, WY area and we’d love to help bring your property to life.
Before we get into the details of how to use bamboo on your property, let’s talk quickly about what it is that makes this big grass so appealing. The points below are at least partially to thank for its popularity –
Bamboo can be planted in a variety of settings. Since there are more than 1000 versions of bamboo, you’ll want to carefully consider what is best for the specific plant you have selected. Some types of bamboo will thrive being planted directly into the ground, and you may put it in a full sun location.
It’s also possible to grow bamboo in containers, especially if you are using a variety that doesn’t grow to prodigious heights. Of course, you’ll want to make sure there is plenty of room in the planter for the bamboo you hope to plant, and you’ll need to keep up with the care of these plants so they don’t crowd each other out.
Speaking of taking care of bamboo, we’d like to touch on that topic in this section. The precise care you need to give your bamboo will vary a bit depending on the species, but in general, bamboo is a pretty hearty grass that will grow in many conditions. As the weather turns dry in the Jackson area, be sure to keep the bamboo wet with around an inch of water per week, depending on soil conditions. You can also add some mulch around the base of the bamboo to give the roots their best chance to thrive.
We’ve already discussed how quickly bamboo can grow – and this can be a blessing and a curse. If your bamboo is growing rapidly, cutting it back is one approach you can take, but it will just keep growing quickly throughout the season. As an alternative, you could install a physical barrier to prevent the bamboo from ranging beyond the area where you would like it to live.
We think that bamboo is a beautiful grass that can add both form and function to your landscaping when used correctly. Unfortunately, it’s rather easy for this idea to go wrong, especially if you aren’t experienced in working with bamboo and planning where it will grow. For professional help with this task, contact TLC and talk to our professional team about your ideas. We’ll be happy to lend a hand to this project and help you utilize bamboo in a way that you can love for years to come.
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“The best friend on earth of man is the tree: when we use the tree respectfully and economically we have one of the greatest resources of the earth.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright