Solid bamboo species: Pillars of inner strength

Solid bamboo species: Pillars of inner strength

We typically think of bamboo as the woody grass (in the family Poaceae) with the hollow stems. This is one of the notable characteristics of bamboo that makes it relatively easy to recognize. But there are a few varieties of solid bamboo whose stems, surprisingly, are...
Pros and Cons of planting bamboo

Pros and Cons of planting bamboo

The decision to plant bamboo is not something to be taken lightly. Some people love it and some people hate it. But before you jump to any irrational conclusions, let’s consider all the pros and cons of planting bamboo. Bamboo is without a doubt one of the most...
Timber Bamboo: The greatest of grasses

Timber Bamboo: The greatest of grasses

Webster’s Dictionary defines timber as wood prepared for use in construction or carpentry, or trees grown for that purpose. Bamboo, however, is not a tree. All species of bamboo belong to the grass family, Poaceae. Whether it’s a dwarf bamboo, just a few...
Best clumping bamboos: Never run again

Best clumping bamboos: Never run again

It’s easy to fall in love with bamboo. It’s a beautiful plant with tall, elegant canes and thick, leafy greenery. Bamboo has a rich history and thousands of uses. But many gardeners have come to dread bamboo, because some varieties will spread out of...

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