Bamboo Hedge Care Tips: How to Choice and Grow a Bamboo Hedge

bamboo Hedge
Bamboo Hedge

You might be looking for how to make your backyard more stylish and create amazing views around your home. Okey in this article we have for you something very nice that will help you with that, the bamboo hedge is one of the best hedges that will make your home stylish.

The nice thing about it is easy to cut and grow. Also, you can use it to create a privacy screen for your home and protect your backyard from animals. The bamboo hedge is made from varieties of bamboo plants to make a solid privacy screen and give a great view.

Which Types of bamboo can be used to hedge?

If you are looking for which bamboo can be good for the hedge, you are in the right way, here we are going to give you great bamboo that can be hedged in your yard or anywhere you want.

We have collected 8 different bamboo that can be used to hedge, and I’m going to share them with you and explain about them below to find which one will suit your yard soil. I’m going to rate them one by one,

1-Hedge Bamboo (Bambusa multiplex).

This hedge bamboo is on our top list why? because it is easy to maintain, grow, cut, and hedge. Any adult can maintain it to create a favorite hedge, It is a compact species that grows up to 25, it’s tall, right? if you want to control it and make your yard organized you need to cut it uniformly.

Its homeland is southeast Asia, including China, Vietnam, and Thailand. It is dense there and they have a forest of it. their leaves are narrow and pointed and they can grow between 4 and 8 inches in length. Actually, it’s a great bamboo for a hedge because its leaves are length which will cover the twigs and make your hedge greener.

2-Alphonse Karr Bamboo (Bambusa multiplex ‘Alphonse Karr’).

Some people are recommending this kind why? I have searched a lot about it and what I find is unbelievable, this type of bamboo has a dense growth habit, attractive golden-yellow canes, and variegated foliage. I would say this type can add amazing decor to your yard.

But if you live in a snowy place I don’t recommend this type, why? because is native to warmer climates. so maybe it will die and lose your money for nothing, but no worry about that because there are other types that can live in a snowy place, I will share them with you at end of this list.

3-Chinese Goddess Bamboo (Bambusa multiplex ‘Riviereorum’).

If you need a small bamboo hedge that does not need to maintain much and gives a nice look to your home, you can get this type because is highly suitable for hedging due to its compact growth habit, small size, and attractive foliage. It is called a dwarf bamboo cultivar because due to its small size, It typically grows to a height of around 6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters), with a spread of around 3-5 feet (0.9-1.5 meters).

So if you want to create a tall bamboo hedge you need to look for the other types, read more below to find your perfect type if you don’t find the one that suits where you want to grow it.

4-Dwarf Whitestripe Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra ‘Henon’ f. tenuis).

Also, this type is dwarf bamboo is mostly the same as Chinese goddess bamboo, the difference between them is the size and growth, This Dwarf Whitestripe Bamboo typically grows to a height of around 6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters), with a spread of around 3-5 feet (0.9-1.5 meters) which mean are taller than other one.

There is another difference that might many people consider, which is foliage. The Chinese goddess of bamboo has attractive foliage, but it is not variegated like this dwarf Whitestripe bamboo, Instead, it has distinctive narrow green leaves with white stripes. So if you are looking for the stylish, I recommend this bamboo Whitestripe.

5-Crookstem Bamboo (Phyllostachys bambusoides ‘Castillon’).

If you scare from spread bamboo hedges to make your yard and soil messy, you can have this type because it is a clumping bamboo and grows in tight which means that it grows in tight and compact clumps to create a cramped hedge.

It’s not only for a hedge, one of my friends has used it as their privacy screen around his home and it works very well, but he also has some flowers in the backyard, and when he planted this croolstem bamboo, he protects them from the wind.

I visited my friend’s house I was surprised by the beauty that gives to the yard, imagine, the upright canes are 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) thick, and still growing, this type can range to 3 inches (7.6 cm) in diameter.

My friends told me they can tolerate a range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soils and they will withstand temperatures as low as -10°F (-23°C). So if you live in some cold place you can have this bamboo to hedge it.

6-Japanese Timber (Phyllostachys bambusoides).

These species are very tall and vigorous, they can reach 70 feet in length, but you can hedge them to make a private screen anywhere you want.

Do you know this type of bamboo Japanese is used for construction and as a timber resource? also, there are some people who are using them to make home furniture. I will share some products made from bamboo later.

It’s good bamboo for hedging too due to its dense growth habit, upright canes, and attractive foliage. But you have to know it needs too much water and fertilizer in the first year to get it solid after.

This Japanese timber bamboo is fast growing too and it can grow in a cold place and withstand low temperatures as -5°F (-21°C). So the people who live in Alaska I guess will not get any species of bamboo for a hedge because there is no bamboo that can withstand low temperatures here.

7-Golden Bamboo(Phyllostachys aurea).

This kind of bamboo is fast-growing and can grow more than 20 feet and 10 feet wide. The nice thing about it is can be grown in most soil and it’s easy to grow and maintain, but maybe it will be hard for some people to maintain because it can grow up to 1 foot per day during the growing season. so You need to maintain it because it can spread quickly and become invasive if not properly contained and maybe will make your yard messy.

Which Species of Bamboo Hedge can Withstand the Low Temperature?

From our tester and comparison between the species of bamboo, our choice is Japanese timber bamboo, which can live in the low-temperature place as (-21°C).

Which Species of bamboo can Be Easy to Hedge?

Based on our search and comparison with my team between the seven types above and we have a choice of two types, is Hedge Bamboo (Bambusa multiplex), and Alphonse Karr Bamboo (Bambusa multiplex ‘Alphonse Karr’), You might ask why right? okay, They both of them have well-packed foliage and a bushy growth habit, so are easy to maintain and hedge to any decor you want.

How to Plant and Care for a Bamboo Hedge?

There are a few steps that you need to follow to grow your bamboo in the right way and make it good for hedge.

1-Choose a suitable location: You need to choose a place where there s good soil and sun because these two factors will make your bamboo grow fast and dense, which will help you to create a dense hedge.

2-Prepare the soil: Bamboo plants thrive in soil that is rich in organic matter, so you need to bring compost or well-rotted manure and add it to your soil to provide nutrients for your bamboo to grow in good health.

3-Space your bamboo plants: In during cultivation you need to space your bamboo plant from each other by about 3 feet to make them grow fast, also, bamboo is a dense plant, so after growing they will be close form each other and create a dense hedge.

P.S: Dig a hole that is twice the size of the root ball of the plant and backfill it with soil to make it hold well.

4-Water the plants regularly: In the first year of growing you need to water your bamboo 2 times a week to establish healthy roots and promote growth, which will make it stand while you hedge it.

5-Fertilize the plants: In the spring and summer bamboo plants’ growth increases, so you need to apply a balanced fertilizer to the soil around the base of the plant, which will make your bamboo easy to hedge.

6-Mulch the plants: In the summertime, if you want to make your bamboo plants retain moisture and regulate soil temperature, you need to put a layer of mulch around the base to keep it moist.

7-Control spreading: There are species of bamboo that can be aggressive and spread quickly, so if you want to create an organized hedge, you need to take necessary measures such as a barrier or root pruning to prevent it and remove the extreme sides.

8-Prune the plants: In the first year of growing, you need to check if there are any dead or damaged canes and remove them, and if you want to start to prune your bamboo to control it, You need to avoid excessive pruning until the plants are well-established.

Follow these steps then you will grow your bamboo in a good healthy and easy hedge and will not turn yellow.

Which Materials do I Need to Hedge My Bamboo?

To hedge your bamboo you will need pruning shears, loppers, a hand saw, and possibly a hedge trimmer. And if you have a thorny bamboo that is out of your control, then you need to use twine or wire to help support the plants to hedge. Also, have you thought about what to do with these bamboo leaves? okay, we have made an article about that, you can check it.

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