BrianSkilton wrote: Spicy Chicken wrote:
I am in zone 4 same as you and found that bamboo works very well.
The key is to try and keep the roots from freezing, mulch works good,
I only purchased only a few and now have thousands, makes a wonderful wind break.
here is some good info on planting and care.
Spicy, do you know how many bamboo shoots you get in the 3 gallon size? It looks like the Nuda can survive our harsh winters.
Nick, or Brian is it?
I picked up the bamboo at a local nursery, kind of a fluke that I ran across it, I bought two clumps about 8 to 12 stalks maybe and that was about 9 years ago, they multiply like rabbits. Mine only get about 10 feet tall and are quite thick. First year I was a little disappointed but the second year they took right off, the third year I dug some up and spread them across the area I wanted to cover, by the fifth year they got thick. Not sure how much time you spent at the links I posted but there is some awful good info there!
Anything that you put up for a windscreen/privacy fence may tend to be a little costly at first and if they are plants, will take a number of years to fill in anyway unless you buy a crap load.
Of course there a lot of options mentioned and not mentioned in the post, I like the thought of natural over a fence or even berry bushes even though they are natural, their picky and ugly in the fall and winter and spring.
If this is something that you will seriously consider, flip through every one of the pages on those sites and any other site you can find, do your home work as I'm sure you will
and see if this is the right fit for you.
I will say in conclusion that I am extremely happy with my bamboo and now have sold tenfold what I paid, the more you buy the quicker the wind break will grow but I always like to test the waters before jumping in, so to speak. Well worth it in the long run
I do not know exactly what type of plant that I have anymore, so as far as how long and how much, you will have to decipher from your research.
Good luck on whatever you decide, Cheers. Jeff