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Growing and Caring For Bamboo Plants

While bamboo has long been considered an exotic addition to the garden, more gardeners and homeowners have discovered the grass root to be a versatile and robust addition to properties with the added beauty of aesthetics.

Bamboo grows very quickly, thick, and can add a lovely and lush feature to any garden. While bamboo is generally very low maintenance, there are a few things you can do to care for your growing bamboo.

Location

Bamboo is a very versatile plant and can survive in a multitude of conditions. However, bamboo growing in sunlight will grow the fastest. Bamboo grass roots also like to have fertile, slightly acidic and well drained yet moist soil beds.

Planting

Once your location has been chosen, you can start to plant the bamboo. Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball on the bamboo. Set the bamboo in the hole and make sure to spread the roots out in the hole. Gently pile soil back into the hole, tamping down soil as you go. Water the hole thoroughly to help fill any air pockets.

Caring

Water the plant weekly until the bamboo plants become establishing. If you can, provide some shade to the newly planted bamboo for the first couple of weeks after the planting.

Once the plant is established, bamboo maintenance and care is pretty minimal. Bamboo benefits the most from at least 2.5cm of water a week, either from rainfall or manual watering. Encourage deep roots, and do not rake the leaves around the roots. Adding some mulch may also keep your bamboo growing strong.

Controlling Growth

Often, bamboo growth can get out of control and grow too much. It’s important to take note of how aggressive your species of bamboo plants are. If you have vigorous growing bamboo, such as the running type, you should consider growing it in a barrier or installing a barrier.

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