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We had a thread earlier about how your gardens were growing, and Ben maybe was going to plant bamboo. I was going to use hay mulch at the start of the season. Here's an update with pictures at A Little Beacon Blog, and would love to get your comments there as to how your gardening is going!

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Comment by Anna West on July 22, 2014 at 8:02pm

Fences make great neighbors, yes it costs money.  But at least it won't move into your neighbors yard.  :)

Comment by TC on July 18, 2014 at 10:38am

It's possible some people are confusing japanese knotweed with bamboo. There is a lot of knotweed in Beacon, and it is relentless.

Comment by Katie HM on July 17, 2014 at 10:03pm
Well geeze, maybe an alternative to the bamboo for privacy? Like lilac trees? They have big leaves and are quite peaceful in the wind. Leaves drop in winter tho. There are evergreen bushes that stay green year round. Not the coolest looking bush around, but gets the job done for privacy...
Comment by Ben Royce on July 17, 2014 at 9:08pm

Well heck, if I get dinosaurs out of these bamboo, I'm opening a Safari Park and retiring.

If it is any consolation I'm a terrible gardener and my latest attempt seems to be failing too.

Comment by Elaine russo on July 17, 2014 at 7:24pm
Watch Jurassic Park again, nature will find a way.
Comment by Ben Royce on July 17, 2014 at 1:40pm

You can control it. If someone isn't controlling it, they should be held responsible.

Comment by Anna West on July 17, 2014 at 9:09am

Didn't seen any references to controlling the bamboo, originally, just mentions of planting it.  I see its "privacy screen" all over town. It is the bane of Beacon, because people see the screen and not the shoots in neighbor's yards. Hard as rock and big, you can't dig it up. It will ruin your neighbors yard much worse than anything except if you dumped cement.  Would you dump cement on your neighbors yard? No, so don't plant bamboo unless you control it with a bathtub.

Comment by Ben Royce on July 15, 2014 at 6:16pm

everyone is welcome to come over check on the progress: 32 victor road

i'll post pictures if interest still continues, just remind me

Comment by Elaine russo on July 15, 2014 at 3:53pm
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Bamboo is a non-native very invasive species.
Comment by Ben Royce on July 15, 2014 at 1:58pm

Anna: they also provide a great privacy screen, visual and aural.

you can control it by planting this:

or just mowing it:

it is inconsiderate to plant it and not control it. i am here making public comments, my neighbors can see my posts. i have every intention of controlling it

i have seen some spots around town where efforts at control failed/ never been tried. at the entrance to Sargent school for example, it's jumped a fence from private property and is taking over the woods/ lawn of the school

there's also a guy behind Chase bank with a significant bamboo spread, at Schenck Ave and South St. it's all locked in by concrete/ asphalt

the clumping variety will slowly crack asphalt/ concrete it is planted right next to. but that's shorter and ornamental, not the big screen running type

the running variety will be stopped by asphalt/ concrete (but may reach under short sections as you indicate)

you have to be responsible with it, you are right about that

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