Re: Bamboo Take Over
Yes, you have to contain the root system on bamboo or it will take over. Cutting the shoots off won't get rid of the root and it will continue to spread to places unwanted.
If it were me, I'd tear out the bamboo and plant Oleander or another fast growing, noninvasive bush that will grow up and provide the privacy screening you're looking for. Our back fence line has oleander that is 10' tall and provides great screen from the neighbor. I prune it twice a year - spring/fall, each time removing either the front or back half of the plant, thus still providing plenty of screen and still keeping the plants in check.
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