Growing Bamboo Is Not For Sissies!

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Clump Bamboo

By Eva Knoppel

While bamboo may be beautiful–even exotic–in concept, it can be treacherous and very difficult to deal with in execution. To demonstrate my point, I offer this cautionary tale.

I am currently dealing with clients who are in the process of selling their home while having to contend with a next-door neighbor who is badmouthing both them and their property. This has come about because the stand of bamboo on my client’s property has sent runners under their neighbor’s garage. The bamboo runners are forcing their way up through the floor of the garage, breaking up its concrete foundation.

While my client’s are doing their best to resolve the situation, which is one reason I’m involved, it never would have happened had they not planted bamboo.

What is Bamboo?

There are over 100 species of bamboo, which is an evergreen member of the grass family, and it ranges in size from petite miniatures to massive giants that can reach over 30 feet in height. It can be found from the tropics to the tops of mountains and while most bamboos are tropical or subtropical, there are hardy bamboos that can survive temperatures of –10° to –20°F.

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