Bamboo hedge can be a very good idea for many people.There are many different types of bamboo these days, with bamboo gracias being one of the most popular. Traditionally, many gardeners stayed away from growing bamboo as it is renowned for being very invasive and taking over the garden. It is also difficult to remove when it is allowed to become like a jungle. However, the actual plant is very graceful and has many useful features, being able to withstand drought, frost, and flood and having no pests or diseases.
The way to avoid problems with bamboo spreading is to buy only the clumping varieties. These have surface roots that do not penetrate deep into the ground at all. They do not spread more, so your plumbing and paths will safe all time. In fact, you can plant a hedge of clumping bamboo in a small garden that has pipes deep underneath, and no harm will come to them.
One of the best things about this type of bamboo is that even though the roots are not large, the top growth can extend extremely high, giving an amazing – and legal – way to screen out nosy neighbors whose homes are above yours due to the rise of the ground or the larger building. It is not legal to build a fence high enough for the job, but it is legal to grow a great hedge.
A bamboo hedge has the additional feature of providing a cool shady area rather than reflecting the summer heat into your yard like a fence does. The look of a bamboo clump is exotic and beautiful, and you can get a willowy effect by choosing the type like Bambusa Loteostriata, which has weeping culms (rods) instead of straight ones. You can also choose tall, medium or dwarf clumping bamboo, depending on your needs.
Bamboo is the most popular for a hedge, with its thin, straight twigs and leafy foliage. Its other name is Slender Weavers Bamboo. It clumps very tightly, making a fence that will certainly give plenty of privacy and shade without the worry of spreading. And since it is frost resistant down to -12C it is suitable for almost anywhere.
While bamboo is drought tolerant, it certainly grows better and faster when it is cared for properly, especially when it is young and expanding. The soil should be supplemented with manure and the garden covered with dried grass as a mulch to help conserve moisture. If growing it in pots, choose the best potting mix available, one that is rich in nutrients for the best result.
Maintenance of the hedge
Maintain a bamboo fence; it is advisable to prune it regularly until your desired height is attained, and not wait for it to reach its maximum height since most of the thickness is found at the top of the bush. Once the required height has been set, you will only need to prune twice or thrice a year. Flowering hedges should be clipped after flowering has taken place, and you should ensure that the hedge is sprinkled evenly.
Types of hedges
If you need a high fence, conifer varieties are suggested while Boxus varieties are ideal for lower hedges. Buxus are also used to grow box hedges. Acacia Cognata and Lily Pily are native hedges which are an attractive new alternative for hedging. Other types of hedges include evergreen flowering hedges and lavender or rosemary, which are low growing types. Clumping bamboo is an excellent choice for screening or use as a boundary plant. You can use hedging plants as topiary, a practice in which the foliage of the shrub is clipped to a distinct shape to beautify the landscape and give an impressive appearance. Hedging plants are ideal for topiary due to their tiny leaves and thick foliage.
Most hedges need their first trimming a year after planting. After trimming, the plant needs your help to recover water it, fertilize the soil and add some mulch (bark, chips, peat, or even mowed grass).
The shaping trim usually did within two years of planting. Use a bright colored wire as a guide to cut it. The follow-up trimmings are done based on growth speed, such as once or a few times a year. The technique changes depending on the result to be attained, the age and height of the shrub, and other factors. Once the bamboo reaches the desired height, the top will need to be trimmed consistently.
The most common hedging mistake is trimming only the ends, and leaving the deeper parts untouched. This can result in drooping and loss of shape. A wrong trim can also leave the bottom bare, with unsightly dead branches and a decreased thickness.
I hope now you are clear about Bamboo hedge.