Chris Plantsman

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Almost everyone who wants fast privacy screening is tempted to plant running bamboo, DON'T! That is unless you want to add backbreaking maintenance multiple times a year to help control it. People will often use a barricade or the like to try and keep it contained. I have never seen any outdoor running bamboo completely contained even with concrete or steel, it will find a way to run. I find it suitable to plant only, if only, one plans to utilize the bamboo, I.e., intensively cut and use it as a resource. Even then I don't recommend planting it anywhere near a property line as it may cause tension between your neighbor. Running bamboo is indeed a mighty beast so really think it through!
1 year ago
If looking for a more natural approach try sheet or lasagna mulching. This technique uses alternating layers of cardboard, newspaper, grass clippings, wood chips etc. to smother the weeds. It requires more work and resources however there never seems to be a shortage of newspaper, cardboard, clippings and the likes around here. For really tough invasive species I use this technique along with added weed fabric and pallets for more weight to help smother them out with success.
1 year ago