Bamboo Hedging Help & Information
With a little effort it is easy to keep bamboos looking good and prevent them from becoming a nuisance in the garden.In spring, remove any weak, dead, damaged or spindly canes, cutting them to ground level with secateurs or loppersAt the same time remove any debris at the base of clumps. To show off plants to their best, remove some of the foliage from the bottom of the canes. Either snap the side branches off with a swift downward motion (wearing gloves) or cut them back with secateurs, pruning as close to the main cane as possible to leave a smooth finish.
Bamboos do not like being left to dry out they always need to be in moist or damp conditions to help them thrive at their best. Bamboos are usually trouble-free, but may occasionally suffer from rust or root rots. In some years, bamboo aphids may become a problem.
Feed during late spring and summer with a general purpose granular fertiliser and re-new the mulch layer.
Bamboos perform best in rich moist soil. It is important to incorporate generous amounts of compost or well rooted manure to enrich the soil.
Being very shallow roots they appreciate a good thick mulch of bark, compost, manure or leafmould. Keep well watered twice weekly for the next 3 months until they are established, then water during any dry spells.
It is essential to thoroughly wet the soil so that the water penetrates down to the roots. If the bamboo is planted late in the year mulch heavily and try to give protection from cold drying winds.