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What are you doing different in your garden this year?

Would love to hear what changes you are making to your garden, or if something worked great and you're continuing it. Let me know on the blog!

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Comment by Ben Royce on April 12, 2014 at 5:40pm

100 to 150 yards? but only a few feet wide.

I think I'm going to go with the running variety and put in the 30 inch deep plastic barriers. So I'm going to be a part time ditch digger this summer.

My mother says it looks like they do nothing for two to three years. But the whole time all their energy goes into building a root system from hell. Then the whole area explodes in bamboo. And you need a bulldozer to get out the root system.

But it's really gorgeous, even in winter. Light breezes look and sound nice. She says it's works somewhat as an auditory barrier as well in this way.

Comment by Joan Martorano on April 12, 2014 at 6:22am

Ben, It sounds iffy to me. Surely there are safer alternatives. How large is the area you want to screen?

Comment by Ben Royce on April 11, 2014 at 10:44am

Joan: I always intend to grab milkweed pods in autumn to spread seeds but I always forget.

Anna: Researching, I found out that the clumping variety doesn't do what you say- send shoots up in your neighbors yard, but clumping still has issues.

You can't plant clumping bamboo near your house, driveway, retaining wall, foundation, nor walkway. Apparently clumping will will crack asphalt/ concrete. You can't contain it in a container either, it will crack the container. The running variety can be contained in a container or asphalt/ concrete though.

So both varieties have issues. One is slow to expand but relentlessly destroys everything it touches. The other is easily contained, but if it uncontained, will spread rapidly, including under fences, anywhere it can send running roots.

Bamboo screens are nice, but I have to plan carefully ahead and understand what I'm getting into if I commit.

Comment by Joan Martorano on April 11, 2014 at 7:57am

Turning some of my large lawn into veggie and native flower beds. Planting lots of milkweed (and other natives) for the butterflies.

Comment by Anna West on April 10, 2014 at 5:12pm

Please don't grow any bamboo unless you do build a special barrier. The roots are hard as rocks and very hard to get rid of, it travels rapidly.  Drive around Beacon and look at all the irresponsible people growing bamboo, find one that doesn't intrude somewhere.  Most of the people don't even do anything about it, just let it move into the other yards.

Awful stuff, don't touch it.

Comment by Ben Royce on April 10, 2014 at 12:10am

Does anyone have any experience with Bamboo screens?

There is apparently a clumping variety and a running variety. The running variety grows taller and faster but you run the danger of pissing off your neighbors if it starts sending shoots up in their yard (you can build a barrier, but that's a lot of work).

Comment by Katie HM on April 9, 2014 at 4:54pm

I finally put the hay down at the end of the season last year, and it worked! My garden was a jungle b/c I'd given up. Good luck!

Comment by Sannebear on April 9, 2014 at 9:13am

I'm getting that book by Ruth Stout and hoping to do a lot less weeding...  I will also plant some roses inside my veg garden - mainly so that the dear don't get to them.

Comment by Katie HM on April 4, 2014 at 5:09pm

Oh "dear"!  lol

Comment by Steve Knowles on April 3, 2014 at 5:07pm

I plan to personally strangle any deer that come to eat my tomatoes!

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