Bamboo - a force to be reckoned with
Bamboo is an amazing plant, so versatile - over the past year we've learned so much about it's uses and why it is so popular as an ecofriendly alternaitve to plastic.
Bamboo can be used as a living screen, building materials and biodegradable toothbrushes, picnic cutlery, drinking straws, the lot. As a plant it's exceptionally drought tolerant, resilient, easy to grow and strong - but that can be a bit of a problem.
Horticulturists and gardeners alike offer a warning to anyone considering growing bamboo in the garden - it can be as destructive as Japanese Knotweed, ripping up foundations, destroying walls and causing damage to properties when bamboo is planted without any understanding of it's root system.
One of the great things about bamboo is it's ability to self propagate, it's notorious for multiplying, bamboo spreads through the growth of rhizomes, pruning these can stop the walking and keep it contained.
When surrounded on all sides by vertically positioned slabs, the rhizomes are deflected.
Using paving slabs sunk into the ground to a depth of 50cm with gaps for drainage can effectively contain the bamboo's 'walking'.
It can also be grown in raised beds. This means you can see the rhizomes and they are easy to prune.
They can also be trenched - by digging a trench around the outside of the plant, means the rhizomes can be seen easily as they grow across the gap.
House and eco-friendly bamboo products
Thankfully our bamboo toothbrushes aren't such menaces when you dispose of them in the garden, stick them in the ground to live out their last days adding fibre to the soil. None of our bamboo products are going to start invading your home, unless you buy bulk packs!