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Running vs Clumping Bamboo question

 
Jayden Thompson
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Location: Danville, KY (Zone 6b)
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I'd like to get some fast growing bamboo, mainly to be used for trellising and other building projects.  I'm in Zone 6b (Kentucky).

After some limited research, it appears that for my climate zone the best growing bamboos with reasonably low prices are the running variety.  (If you know differently, please let me know)

Anyways, I know a lot of people have horror stories of running bamboo taking over areas.  My plan was to put the bamboo in an area of my lawn that I mow weekly, and I thought that as long as I mow the perimeter of the bamboo cluster that it would prevent spreading.  Will that actually work?  If so, how far of an island would I need to prevent it from spreading to an area that is not mowed regularly?  For instance, if I put it 5 feet from a perimeter fence, and mow those 5 feet regularly, would I run the risk that it spreads across those 5 feet and shoots up on my neighbors side of the fence?

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John Elliott
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Clumping bamboo is not going to go 5 feet and pop up.  Maybe 5 inches, but not 5 feet.  I have not paid attention to how much of an island the running bamboo can cross.

If you want to find a good variety, you might try the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden in Savannah.  They have over 150 different species of bamboo that they grow, both the clumping and the running type, identified as to their hardiness zones, and they occasionally have sales where they sell off their excess.  They have plots that are separated by about 20 feet or so, but that might just be for aesthetics of having walking and golf cart paths between the plots.  They probably could tell you how far a particular species can travel  underground.
 
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