Bamboo!

I’ve always loved being surrounded by plants and I get satisfaction from caring for them and watching them grow. When I was a kid, I watched my mother transform sad clippings into lush plants. Living in Miami helped, and we could easily grab perfectly good plants from the trash. Some of my own favorite plants have been rescued from the trash and I’ve been scouring Craigslist lately for some freebies that people just don’t want to deal with. We have a large yard, and one of the first things we wanted to do was improve the landscaping. Of course that’s a huge expense, but we’ve been trying to be creative. One important thing for us is privacy. We managed to get our privacy fence up last year, but we wanted more. We decided that we wanted bamboo, so we researched ways to keep it from being so invasive. Then that plan was put on hold because it was on our long to-do list that required more money.
One day while I was browsing Craigslist, I actually stumbled across an ad for FREE bamboo. It wasn’t too surprising since it’s invasive and people are always trying to get rid of it around here. So Kelly made a call and checked it out. As it turned out, a woman owned some property close to her home, and the bamboo was too close to the road. The city needed her to cut it back or have it removed. We knew it wouldn’t be an easy job, but this was something we really wanted for our yard. So far, we have made four trips and plan to keep going back. It has been backbreaking for Kelly, and one of the most difficult things to do is install the barrier, but we’re really happy with the transformation so far.

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Most of the bamboo clumps are 12+ feet high!

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After the first trip.

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We’ll continue along this fence until it reaches the next oak. We’ll be making our next trip this week. To be continued…

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2 thoughts on “Bamboo!

  1. This is the perfect choice for the fence line. It’s going to be gorgeous. I have a love-hate relationship with bamboo. I love the way it looks but we had to take all of ours out because it’s so invasive and I couldn’t get control of it. A barrier = SMART! I know you guys will have better luck and will get beautiful results. Staying one step ahead of this plant keeps YOU in control. I still dream of having some.
    Good luck!

    • Stacey, we’ve been discouraged by a lot of our friends, but we’re stubborn (we’re both Libra) and have to (hopefully not) learn the hard way. We’re really hoping that the barrier works. 🙂

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