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I'm considering planting some bamboo for privacy in the back yard.

I would like to grow something about 20 foot tall that would have some pretty thick foliage.

I want to plant 2 or 3 clumps in a sun/shade location.

I definitely want to prevent it from spreading.

 

Can I plant it in buried 5 gallon buckets? Should I go bigger? Maybe small plastic barrels?

How about recommendations on what species to plant?

Thanks :howdy:

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Just now, ChumSlickJon said:

You for real?  If you are I can help.  

I am, but I'm in the planning stages - aka I gotta run it past upper management

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Just now, Darth Baiter said:

Perhaps something native, not invasive like Bamboo?  I did arborvitae, very slow to grow.  Next time Leyland Cypress

I'm not fond of arborvitae and hemlocks, no offense. 

I want quick growth, but I want to keep it contained. 

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5 mins ago, Sparkly said:

I'm considering planting some bamboo for privacy in the back yard.

I would like to grow something about 20 foot tall that would have some pretty thick foliage.

I want to plant 2 or 3 clumps in a sun/shade location.

I definitely want to prevent it from spreading.

 

Can I plant it in buried 5 gallon buckets? Should I go bigger? Maybe small plastic barrels?

How about recommendations on what species to plant?

Thanks :howdy:

There's no way to stop bamboo from spreading !

 

It's a male plant not female

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Two different kinds of bamboo.  Clumping and running (I believe)   clumping is better and any underground rhizome mgmt is good.  

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Just now, Ditchbag said:

There's no way to stop bamboo from spreading !

I disagree.

I'm trying to learn what the best method is and whether the juice is worth the squeeze.

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I've only seen the nightmare on my block which has tainted my view. 

 

I'm sure you can figure it out.

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7 mins ago, Sparkly said:

I am, but I'm in the planning stages - aka I gotta run it past upper management

ok.  

You really need to plan, it's a very big undertaking and there's a lot to consider.  

First.  What do you need or want exactly?  

There are runner bamboo's and there are clumping bamboos.  You choices on clumping is limited to refugia and possibly a few others.  You'll need to consider that it will take a lot of clumps to fill in a wide area.  

Runners will do it quick but they are work.  Lots of work.  But it will give you a screen quick.  

There are no runners that are less hassle than others.  Mine are in a 60mil 30 inch deep barrier. They also have 36 inch barrier.  Babmoo will typically hop over and not go under.  They like to grow close to the surface.  Barrier is secured by clamps.  And the rhizomes are so strong that they can actually break the clamp.  Be prepared to do some maintenance to chase down random escapees over the years.  But over all the barrier will work well. 

 

I've got some Runner and some Clumping.  I'm actually waiting for the ground to thaw because I've got another 100 feet of barrier to install.  

 

My favorite might be spectabilis.

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7 mins ago, Sparkly said:

I disagree.

I'm trying to learn what the best method is and whether the juice is worth the squeeze.

You can disagree but you won't contain it!!!

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