Here at Tiboo Bamboo, we are excited to hear that more and more people across the UK are starting to grow bamboo in their gardens. Bamboo is a great addition to any garden, owing to its environmental impact, as it produces more oxygen than trees and also retains water, which keeps soil full of moisture.
Not only this, but having been previously acknowledged as an exotic plant, many people are starting to choose bamboo for their outdoor décor due to its peaceful, oriental aesthetic. If you have just started growing your own bamboo, or are considering it, you may be unsure of how to care for it but fear not! Building on last month’s post where we gave Bamboo Garden Ideas, in this blog post we are going to give you advice on how to maintain and care for the bamboo you plant!
The care for bamboo after its planting is relatively easy. Bamboo grows better when it receives at least 1 inch of water every week, whether this be from watering it yourself, or letting it be watered by the rain. Watering your bamboo deeply promotes deep roots which help your bamboo’s survival during potentially damaging conditions such as droughts.
As a natural part of the lifecycle of Bamboo, old leaves will drop and cover the roots of the plant. It is highly recommended that these leaves are not raked up but left to decompose into the roots to allow vital nutrients to return to the soil, further promoting growth in the bamboo.
Another option that is recommended to improve the growth of your plant is to add a layer of mulch to the roots; this extra layer of protection will help retain moisture in the soil and help promote the strength within the bamboo, whilst also keeping away unwanted weeds. In spring, we suggest that you add a further compost layer to encourage new growth and to keep your bamboo healthy throughout the summer months.
Bamboo is notorious for how fast it can grow, not to mention how fast in can spread underground if it’s the running type (see “Bamboo Garden Ideas” blog post for further context). If your bamboo is the running type, it is vitally important to make sure it is planted in a barrier that surrounds the bamboo completely, as the roots of bamboo can even tear up concrete! This barrier should go down at least 2-3 inches (if not, even more) and have the same length above ground too. It would be wise to check this barrier once a year to cut back any of the bamboo that tries to grow over the top, to prevent it from spreading.
As you can see, bamboo is a relatively low-maintenance plant for your garden and there are lots of simple steps you can take a look after your bamboo to keep it looking lush and healthy. If you are interested in bamboo and would like to try some bamboo products, we sell bamboo toilet rolls, bamboo kitchen rolls, and bamboo facial tissue. If you have any queries regarding our products, feel free to call us on 01392 908546!
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