How to Plant Bamboo Clusters for Privacy


Bamboo is a fast-growing and dense plant. It's an ornamental grass, but a very large one; the clumping bamboo can grow up to 50 feet tall. For privacy, create a line or a grove of bamboo that will quickly fill in and give you a protected outdoor living space.

Step 1

Choose a location that will create maximum privacy when the bamboo is full-grown. Clumping bamboo can reach up to 50 feet in height when mature..

Step 2

Plan your planting strategy. You can create a hedge by planting clumps of bamboo in a straight line, or you can create a thick grove by grouping clusters together in a circular pattern. A hedge works well for privacy between houses and on property lines. A grove works well when you need to block sound as well as sight.

Step 3

Purchase enough clusters of bamboo to sufficiently fill in the area where you need privacy. Clumping bamboo spreads but at a rate of a few inches per year, so you want to have enough to create a filled-in look but with enough room for the bamboo to spread. Plan on one 5-gallon cluster of bamboo every 2-3 feet.

Step 4

Prepare the soil. Dig a hole for every cluster of bamboo. Make the hole as deep as the bamboo cluster and about twice as wide.

Step 5

Prepare a soil and compost mix. Mix compost and potting soil in a 1:1 ratio. Put as much of this mix into each hole while still leaving room for the bamboo clump.

Step 6

Gently loosen the bamboo clump from the pot it came in and set into the hole. Cover the roots with the compost-soil mix and pat gently.

Step 7

Water each planted clump thoroughly.

Step 8

Check every 2-3 days and water if the soil is dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Clusters of clumping bamboo
  • Compost
  • Top soil


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