How to Plant Bamboo As a Decorative Wall

Overview

One of the more popular landscape uses of bamboo is to plant it as a decorative wall. Since bamboo grows so quickly, it can give your yard an aesthetic border and privacy much quicker than any species of tree. If all of its needs are met, bamboo is relatively easy to grow. But it is important to acquaint yourself with the conditions in which bamboo grows best, or you may have trouble with this plant down the road.

Step 1

Dig a hole that is twice as wide, but just as deep as the container that your bamboo plant is currently in. Dig neighboring holes so that their centers are at least four feet away from eachother.

Step 2

Mix half of the excavated soil with an equal amount of aged organic compost.

Step 3

Remove your bamboo plant from its container. Be very careful not to damage any of the the roots.

Step 4

Place the bamboo plant in the hole so that it is level with the surrounding soil. You may have to lay some of your soil mix in the bottom of the hole to raise it to the appropriate height.

Step 5

Backfill the hole with your soil mixture and tamp the soil down with your hand.

Step 6

Spread a 1-inch layer of mulch that consists of one part dry leaves and one part aged compost.

Step 7

Water the bamboo plants. A good general rule is that they need one gallon of water per five gallons of container soil planted. Put off your next watering for a few days. Bamboo like to be watered two to five times per week, but need to dry out for a few days between watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Aged organic compost
  • Dry leaves

References

  • CompleteBamboo.com: Bamboo Maintenance
  • BambooNursery.com: Planting and Spacing
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