Bamboo is a quick-growing, woody weed that spreads through runners. When properly guided and contained, bamboo can create a thick privacy hedge. For those desiring a stronger use, bamboo can be combined with other lumber and strung using wire to form entire farm fences.
Test the quality of the soil in the planting area. If the soil is solid clay, use a shovel to dig a 2-foot-deep trench and as long as the area where rhizomes will be planted. Mix together 1/2 coarse sand with the clay and fill in the trench.
Plant the rhizomes 1 to 2 inches deep in the soil, using a spade. Water the entire trench deeply to stimulate the rhizomes.
Cover the trench with natural mulch to hold moisture in the soil. Keep the soil moist until the plants are established, or until they have multiple leaves.
Water the plants to a depth of 2 inches whenever the soil dries out.
Pull up any bamboo that begins to grow in undesired areas, as bamboo is a quick-growing, invasive plant and will take over entire yards within a few growing seasons.