As much as technology has made our lives better and easier in most cases, there are certain things that it cannot solve. Only nature can handle some issues effectively. Curbing global warming, for example, is something we must find ways to do using plants/trees. A good starting point is maintaining forests and planting new trees.
One of the plants great for any good environmental condition is the bamboo grass. Although belongs to the grass class scientifically, most people use the name plant and grass interchangeably while referring to it. Like many other plants, bamboo comes in different types.
The commonality between them is their hollow stems associated with all types of grass. Being able to thrive in any climatic condition makes bamboo grass ideal for anything and everything.
Seen as a primitive grass in most cases, bamboo has an impressive number of advantages and usages. From the early ages when it played a big role in the early inventions, its importance has continued to grow steadily. The two major uses commonly known are the use building structures as an alternative for bricks or timber, and the use in creating household items like baskets and furniture.
Some communities even prefer the exclusive use of bamboo in all their construction purposes. For those who like weaving, this grass is a good raw material since it is easy to split or bend. You can also use the grass as decoration in your house. Different types are available to choose from with each one having its unique features that make it special.
Bamboo grass has many features that make it the perfect match for the Amazon rainforests. The common ones include:
01.The ability to grow very fast and tall
02. Long hollow stems.
· Unlike other plants that need constant watching over, bamboo grass does not require that you keep watering it or trimming which can allow you to concentrate on other things.
· All plants produce oxygen and bamboo is no different. Its carbon dioxide absorption is also high which makes it great for cleaning the atmosphere around you.
· With strong and wide roots, it not only stops the riverbeds from washing away but it also stops erosion.
· In areas where weather conditions frequently become extreme, this grass is a great asset to have. This is because it can regenerate on its own. You don’t have to go through the trouble of planting again.
· Since it is a good raw material, you can plant it purely for commercial purposes. With only low initial cost of planting, it can give a great profit margin when sold.
· A long life span makes it another benefit. With up to 12 years and little to no maintenance cost, this plant is just great.
· Ability to absorb large amount of water makes it ideal for place where water tends to clog.
Different Types Of Bamboo
There are many classification of bamboo with scientific names but most people prefer to remove the complications and just refer to them as the clumping and climbing type bamboos. As the names suggest, clumping bamboos grow wide to take on a bush like structure and require frequent trimming. An alternative easier method to handle it would be to limit its growing space.
For example, you can grow it in a pot instead of the garden. They would otherwise become wild if left unattended. The other type tends to grow straight up and is by far the easiest to handle. Some examples in the above-mentioned categories include the golden grove, fernleaf, umbrella bamboo, black bamboo, Chinese goddess and Chinese mountain together with silverstripe among others. Below are some of the specific features of some of these varieties.
This climbing grass tends to change its color as time goes by. Although it is evergreen like all the others, it can take on a dark purple color. You should in a well fertile soil that has direct access to sunlight and water supply.
Mostly found in the surrounding areas of china, this clumping bamboo can grow in any part of the world. Although it’s a clumping plant, it doesn’t cover the surrounding ground. Instead, it grows taller and then clumps its leaves thereby providing shade. Unlike some of its clumping counterparts, it doesn’t require constant trimming.
With golden stems and narrow green leaves, this grass has the ability to clump fast. It is found in the Asian part of the world and can survive in any climate. You need to remove wild shoots as soon as they appear to discourage wild growth.
From strong heat to very cold conditions, this plant can handle it all. The ability to adjust to cold weather during winter as well as hot weather during summer makes it a great plant to decorate your home.
Having a semblance to fernleaf makes this plant a popular bamboo. Although it belongs to the clumping class, it can grow to very high heights and does grow wild like other running bamboos. It can handle adverse weather changes adapting to availability of sunlight or none thereof.
Having fern like leaves as well, this plant makes a great ornament for the outdoor garden. It grows very fast and can spread across the ground if left unattended for a while. A good idea would be to plant it inside a pot rather than in the garden. This way you can limit its spreading.
Bamboo grass has many advantages and can be great resources. The ones mentioned above are just a few of the entire bamboo species. There are a lot of others you can choose. Each one has its own purpose and preferable care. You should first do some research to see what suits you best before deciding to plant one.
Otherwise, you could be overwhelmed if you plant one that requires extra attention that you can’t provide. Even though some of these plants require that you plant them if a fertile soil with good water drainage system, they can still survive in other conditions. For whatever reason, be it commercial or ornamental purposes, they are value adding plants. Some people even believe in good luck bamboos.