/ 13 June 2024

Feeling bamboozled

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If you’re keen to get your thumbs green you might want to think twice before planting bamboo in your garden, as a whole lot of British people have found out the hard way that the giant grass knows no bounds… People across the UK are reporting shoots bursting through flowerbeds, floorboards and even in appliances, decades after it was planted. That’s thanks to a 90s/00s trend encouraging would-be gardeners to use the Asia-Pacific native to build screens to block out the neighbours. And because bamboo can take a decade or more to mature, the problem is only turning up now, often after being passed on to new owners/tenants who had no idea it was busy burrowing away… It can be a costly issue too, leading to disputes with disgruntled neighbours who didn’t sign up for a bamboo partition, so maybe stick with a good old fashioned fence instead.

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