Published at Sunday, March 17th, 2019 - 13:38:45 PM. bamboo. By Arnold Meier.
With a vast increasing population the demand for new housing and consumables is diminishing Africas forests. Trees are vital for our planets survival especially for cleaning the air and our environment from all the toxic gasses. Tree overage has decreased from 35% to a mere 3% in the last decade. By using products made from bamboo instead of hardwood you can make a difference. Read on see the various uses of bamboo and save the planet one tree at a time.
The main considerations when choosing your bamboo should be hardiness. This is a pretty simple thing to factor in as any reputable nursery or plant source will be able to tell you the hardiness by zone of any bamboo they sell. When choosing your bamboo keep in mind the eventual height and potential for invasiveness. Many types of bamboo spread rapidly and this can become a problem in coming years. To reduce this either choose a bamboo that is of a non-running or clumping type or install a spread barrier. A spread barrier can be just a sheet of thick plastic (about 40 mil) creating an underground border defining the edge of the area in which you want your bamboo to be spread. Bury your plastic from the surface to around three feet deep to block the rhizomes from spreading the plant underground. The height to which some big bamboo varieties grow can also surprise many new growers. Most common varieties can be trimmed fairly easily to a wide range of heights but trimming the top ten feet off of a thirty-five foot tall plant can be somewhat difficult. Thus it is sometimes best to keep upward growth limitations in mind when choosing your bamboo if you wont be willing or able to trim it down.
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