My Yard Is Buried In Bamboo
Forty seven years ago I moved onto this property.
My mother had a good friend which was trimming out her bamboo grove so she gave my Mom two 4" sticks and told her to poke them in the ground. It would grow into a tree.
Mom lived on a small property and she did not want a tree. Trees grow... there would be no room for them so she gave them to me.
I was a true unbeliever. I had no idea how two pieces of a stick (no roots on either end) was going to become anything but a dead stick. Boy, was I ever wrong!
We have consistently over the last 40+ years had to trim the grove back because they just keep multiplying. But now the "grove" has become a jungle! Every time I hear anything about panda bears I sure do wish I had some. I have a built-in food source, playyard etc. just for them.
But this stay-at-home campaign means I now have time to tackle the jungle. I have thousands of trees laying all over my back yard (that was just one day's cuttings with a chain saw) and each and every one has to be trimmed by hand to get the branches off. It's too dangerous to use a hedge trimmer because a limb is not wide enough to use electric or gas equipment without the risk of the blades getting caught and ripping the trunk right out of your hands. So I am using a hand pruner or lopping shears to remove them all. It works OK, hand gets a little sore after about 5-6 hours a day of this but it works.
But I am now only at the first few thousand trees trimmed and I have fresh and dried bamboo laying everywhere in big piles.
I started looking at the internet the other day to get some ideas what I could do with some of these before I end up giving them all away (I hope someone wants some). I already use them in the garden for pretty much everything as stakes, poles, teepees etc. I have made flower bed edgings and borders etc.. But I need more ideas.
Anybody else ever use bamboo for anything or have you seen bamboo used in an attractive way? Remember I've got tons of it to use so don't think we have to stay to just small projects, I've jokingly told several people in the last couple of days, I could build a bamboo community of houses and I'd still have some leftover. Thanks for the help.
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