how long do you have to leave fresh cut bamboo before using it for stakes?
tiG, I use it right away. It won't root that way so no worry there if that is what you are asking. With golden bamboo, a friend likes it to turn yellow before she uses it since she likes a uniform look in her flower beds. My flower beds are never going to be uniform so I don't worry about that either.
hehe mine either! but DSIL was certain it would root if I stuck it in the ground, thanks for the info!!
nope, the only way they will root is from roots and even then some can be hard to get started. I know from experience. sigh
Bonnie, my experience with bamboo is that bamboo I cut in the Spring-early Summer rotted within 2 years. The first bamboo I cut for my trellis and gates was cut in early Fall the previous year, and most of it is still viable after 5 years.
There must be many places near you along creek beds where you could cut stakes?
thanks darius. I have a friend of a friend that I can get some from but it's all huge, 3-4" round. But it's better than nothing:)
That's the size I used for my "posts" in the arbor. It was quite tall (close to 40'), and thin enough at the tops to make "pickets".
I looked for cheap, strong waxed twine for lashing bamboo, and found this from an electronics company.
Now I'm told that they no l;onger carry it. If anyone figures out how to order it driect from Coast North America, please post the method!
Good quality, VERY strong waxed twine. The price was great, but shipping was high:
9 PLY WAXED POLY TWINE 335 YARDS
Part No: 70-50448
1,000 feet for $6.24 would be less than 2 cents per yard,
but I paid $12.87 shipping & handling for 4 spools (Texas to Seattle area).
With shipping, 3 cents per yard.
1506 Interstate 35 W
Denton, TX 76207-2402
Tel: (940) 484-9400
Free: (800) 958-5173
Fax: (940) 484-9402
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I used waxed line for repairing fish nets, but it's been so long I don't remember the price.
This might be too thick for that purpose, and stronger than necessary.
I wish I could find something just like mine but about 1/2 as thick and half the price - say 4-5 ply instead of 9-ply.