If you want a low maintenance hedge, then bamboo might be just what you are looking for. Although not a traditional hedge, bamboo makes a perfect low-maintenance hedge. And if you are looking for something a little different or hedges that will not drain your wallet, then bamboo might be the ideal solution for you.
Bamboo is a fast growing plant so you will have a hedge much quicker than with other hedge plants; your bamboo should reach about seventy-five percent growth within two years, and then reach full height in only two or three more years. Bamboo is also less expensive than shrub hedges.
If you need the hedge for privacy or windscreen immediately, you can purchase and plant grown bamboo anywhere from ten to fifty feet tall; an instantaneous hedge. Because it does grow so quickly, consider installing some type of barrier for limiting the bamboos sprawl. When planning bamboo hedges, you need to think about things like height requirements and ground space. There are different varieties of bamboo to choose depending on your space and needs.
Bamboo is useful as a sound barrier. If you have a problem with noisy traffic or noisy neighbors, you can dampen some of the sound with bamboo plants. Your hedge will need to be dense- at least eight feet wide- if your main reason for putting it in place is soundproofing.
Bamboo can also be used as an obstruction against wind. It is important that you select a bamboo that is suited to your climate, however, because according to the type of winds, some varieties of bamboo may be unable to withstand extreme hot or cold winds.
A bamboo hedge can also act as a privacy fence. If you are having issues with prying neighbors, you might consider planting a dense bamboo hedge that will shield you from their prying eyes while at the same time being aesthetically pleasing.
Bamboo can be put in the ground most times of the year in mild climates, but in colder areas the bamboo plants should go in well in advance of the winter so they have time to establish themselves enough to survive the first winter.
When you plant bamboo, it should be done in evenly spaced rows. Depending on the shape, size, species and look that you are going for, the bamboo plants should be spaced anywhere from one to five feet.
For bamboo to thrive, it should be planted in full sun; that is where the plants grow quickest and do their best. New plants need to have enough water, fertilizers and be well protected from weeds and too much wind.
Once in the ground and properly established, bamboo needs little more than water and fertilizer. Though bamboo is low maintenance, you will need to do some pruning from time to time. Once per year you should remove any dead or unattractive branches. You may also need to take out larger bamboo clumps so that new shoots have enough room to grow and thrive.