Bamboo is a popular plant to add to one’s yard, but it’s no secret that this plant can easily grow out of control. While it is essential for bamboo owners to familiarize themselves with pruning, adding a bamboo barrier is both useful and aesthetically pleasing.
Installing the Barrier
The majority of clematis benefit from ‘Hot Tops, Cool Bottoms’, which means that they like sun to partial shade with their roots and the base of the plant in shade. It is essential for the roots to remain cool and moist, so protect them with a heavy mulch, the shade of low growing plants, or even a large flat rock.
1- Dig a trench 28 inches deep around the proposed site, first removing the topsoil, then the heavier subsoil. Stack the soils separately. If the site is very narrow, it may be easier to remove all of the soil from the installation rather than digging a trench. Avoid creating tight corners, as this may cause the barrier to fail due to undue stress to the material.
2- Place the barrier into the trench. Being 30 inches tall, the barrier will stand proud of the soil by 2 inches. This will stop any rhizomes escaping over the top without being detected
3- Secure the overlapping ends with the stainless steel strips. Merely overlapping the ends of the barrier will not stop the escape of the rhizomes. The steel strips are 28 inches tall, the same depth as the trench, and must not protrude above soil level, thereby avoiding injury to feet.
4-Backfill the trench, first with the sub soil, and compact this to drive out all air pockets. Then complete backfilling the trench with the topsoil and pack that tight too. At all times, make sure no sharp objects (stones, glass, metal or tree roots) come into contact with the barrier. If the backfilled soil is not packed in tight, when the rhizomes contact the barrier, they may be able to travel down through the loose soil and escape beneath the barrier, totally undetected!