Bamboo plants can provide your lawn or garden with a lush, exotic look. Bamboo plants make excellent privacy hedges and garden borders. Bamboo is a member of the grass family and can grow to heights of 10 feet or more. Bamboo, just like every other plant, requires proper maintenance to keep it healthy and growing to its full potential. Bamboo is a colonizing plant and can quickly grow to crowd other nearby plants. Pruning bamboo plants is easily done with the right tools.
Remove any dead portions of the bamboo by cutting the dead shoot off, level with the ground using your handsaw or pruners. Prune bamboo plants yearly, usually during the summer months, to thin them out. Do not prune the bamboo plants during the spring, as this is when they begin to grow shoots and produce their foliage, according to Portland, Oregon, nursery Bamboo Garden.
Cut away bamboo stalks to keep the bamboo cluster from overcrowding itself. Cut the stalks you wish to remove off, level with the ground. Cut healthy stalks of the bamboo plant just above one of their nodes, to promote fresh growth. A node, looks like a joint in the bamboo stalk, or a circular rim around the perimeter of the bamboo stalk. There will be several of these nodes on one stalk of bamboo; cutting different stalks at different nodes will give the overall bamboo cluster a decorative look.
Cut down dead bamboo clusters using a handsaw. Using a power-operated saw is an option, however, handsaws tend to be safer, since you are working in a crowded environment. Cut each stalk down level with the ground, to prevent tripping hazards.