In the Landscape: Treacherous Bamboo

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Here are some facts about bamboo, an ornamental grass that has many commercial uses but often ends up causing great damage to the environment.

  • Bamboo is invasive, aggressive and almost impossible to control
  • Bamboo roots will pierce pottery and wood, and can invade building foundations
  • The roots grow deeply into the soil, and can travel beneath barriers like sidewalks.  It can also produce new shoots far from the original plant.

To avoid problems from bamboo it's best not to purchase or plant it.  We encourage 
residents to choose alternative plants, in particular native plants.