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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 inches tall,...

Best clumping bamboo varieties

Best clumping bamboo varieties

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 control and take...

Is bamboo illegal?

Is bamboo illegal?

There's a malicious rumor going around certain corners of the internet, and I'd like to put an end to it right now. In fact, there is NOT a wave of legislation sweeping across the country designed to outlaw the major family of grasses known as bamboo. Select...

Bamboo and Astrology: In the sign of Cancer

Bamboo and Astrology: In the sign of Cancer

Bamboo is an amazing plant with some incredible properties. There are over 1,000 varieties of bamboo, and many of them will grow taller than trees, even though bamboo is actually a type of grass. For thousands of years, people have eaten bamboo, built houses with it,...

The most invasive varieties of bamboo

The most invasive varieties of bamboo

In the world of ornamental horticulture, you can find some spectacular bamboo varieties that will make a great addition to your garden. But if you plant the wrong kind of bamboo, it can turn into an awful beast. And then you'll never want to see another bamboo plant...

Plants that look like bamboo (but aren’t)

Plants that look like bamboo (but aren’t)

The world of bamboo is rich and diverse. With about 1,500 varieties to keep track of, it's easy to get lost. Some bamboos stretch over 100 feet high, taller than most trees. Other dwarf species only grow up to a few inches. But with the general similarities common to...

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