Plant Bare-Root Bamboo

Bamboo makes a perfect "green screen." To avoid introducing invasive plants in your yard, avoid the running types and instead purchase clumping bamboo.

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Plant and Firm In Bamboo

Fill in the hole around the stems, making sure the plant is at the same level as originally planted. To do this, look on the stems for an indication of the previous soil line. Firm well and water.

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Aftercare

Keep the immediate area weed-free while the plant is establishing. Water regularly during dry spells to ensure that the plant roots don't dry out. Thin out and tidy established clumps every two years in early spring, before they begin shooting. Cut any dead or weak stems down to ground level.

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Control Bamboos

Some bamboos are "runners" and once established will send out roots all over the garden. These plants need to be contained with a root barrier made from a non-perishable material, such as rigid plastic or slate. Dig a narrow trench around the clump and insert your barrier. Cut and remove all peripheral roots, then fill in with soil.

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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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