How surprising to see "MY" bamboo in its lovely winter dress! We love the bamboo, but it was planted around 25+ years ago. When we bought the house in 2003, it was MARCHING into our yard! Having had bamboo experience in our past, we trenched the required 2 feet and put in a barrier. We love the screen-like quality of bamboo without being an unfriendly dense fence. We live right on the Old Croton Aqueduct trail, so it's lovely to see out and have some privacy.
On the invasiveness note--I work at Groundwork Hudson Valley and through its program--the Saw Mill River Coalition--we do invasive vine cutting along the river and try to support others doing the same in their backyards and parks. We DO need to be RESPONSIBLE because these plants can take over our natives. So--at our house, while we haven't taken out the bamboo, we've controlled it. It does interfere any plants underneath it--the dense mat of roots really doesn't allow anything else to grow. Maybe--just like fences--we can have requirements for "natural" fencing. I'm not allowed to build a fence into my neighbors yard--I shouldn't be allowed to let my landscape plants takeover my neighbor's yard either.
Join us for vine-cutting on the Saw Mill River--Next one is Sunday, February 24, 10-1, at Farragut Avenue and the South County Trailway! View Comment