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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2013-02-04 10:54 am   Permalink

Sick of the neighboors and the monstrosity of a McMansion they built. I want to blot them out forever, and am thinking very tall bamboo as a sort of wall....can anyone suggest a species or type that grows tall, fast and sturdy?

 
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Alii Tiki
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Posted: 2013-02-04 10:57 am   Permalink

Try checking out
http://www.bamboogiant.com/
they're in Santa Cruz area - and may be able to assist with your needs


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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2013-02-04 11:04 am   Permalink

Be careful what Bamboo you get. It grows really fast and some can spread to areas you don't want it, so you may have to put in cement retaining wall buried in the dirt to keep it from spreading.
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2013-02-04 11:16 am   Permalink

There is a brick wall surrounding the yard, I was thinking of putting it up against that...might work?

 
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Posted: 2013-02-04 11:19 am   Permalink

Depends how deep it is in the ground. You may need something in front of the bamboo to keep it from spreading to the rest of your yard. It sends out shoots underground.
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Alii Tiki
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Posted: 2013-02-04 11:22 am   Permalink

You'll need to address the possibility of the roots traveling under the wall.
You should look more specifically at the "clumping" type of bamboo not "running" --
You could build up a planter box in front of the brick wall and use that to contain the roots.


 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2013-02-04 1:04 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-02-04 10:54, lucas vigor wrote:
Sick of the neighboors and the monstrosity of a McMansion they built. I want to blot them out forever, and am thinking very tall bamboo as a sort of wall....can anyone suggest a species or type that grows tall, fast and sturdy?


LV , Google "Bamboo" ,culture and propagation.Read very thing you have time for.
Sounds to me like "Alphonse Karr" is a type of bamboo that might be close to perfect for you. 12-15' tall, it's a beautiful yellow with a green stripe bamboo,spreads slowly as it's a "clumper" and is readily available at most nurseries. THe culms are about 1 1/2 " IF you wanna go crazy "Bambusa Oldhamii", common name Giant timber bamboo will grow to 40-50 ' in a few years, it's harder to find and at 75$ plus at most places it's not for everyone. the culms/canes are up to 4" and it's also a clumper.. Pretty impressive. Hi -Times liquor in Costa Mesa Has several stands growing within small restricted confines in their parking lot. Two good reasons to visit Hi-times(I dig their rum selection and if Forrest is there, he's quite knowledgeable in regard to rum,
Btw, I just picked up a 5 gal. can of B. Oldhamii last weekend while visiting San Diego (yea Bali Hai,Humphrey's)I found a grower that will sell it for $35 and I'll share my source With anyone (via p m) that wants to know.
Good luck,Bamboo is your friend


 
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2013-02-04 2:11 pm   Permalink

I'm no expert but Golden Hedge grows from 15' to 30' & 1 1/2" in diameter and is good for our zone 10b-10a. Seabreeze can grow up 55' & 2 1/2" in diameter and good in the zone.
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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2013-02-04 2:27 pm   Permalink

Use "Bamboo Barrier" or you will be sorry.

It will bust through cement walls.
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2013-02-04 2:39 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-02-04 14:27, RevBambooBen wrote:
Use "Bamboo Barrier" or you will be sorry. It will bust through cement walls.



In that case, he should plant it up against his neighbor's "McMansion." Problem solved! heheheheh... <evil grin>


 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2013-02-04 2:39 pm   Permalink

Here's some pix of some of my bamboo.
Culms of Alphonse Karr . Appr. ! 1/4 dia.

A. K. used as a screen. Completely hides a 12x 10 metal shed and blocks the view into my yard from the parking lot next door.
My new neighbor just recently cut a hedge down that use to block that opening. Gonna fix that soon.

Otatea Acuminata Aztecorum (Mexican Weeping Bamboo) Most graceful of all the bamboos.has thin culms,10-12' in the ground ,much smaller in containers. Beautiful in the garden -the slightest breeze gets this guy waving gracefully. Makes a great hedge but it is pricey and a very slow grower.


Newly planted A.K. It'll be several years before this reaches the size of the bamboo in the second pic. About 3' tall and was cut from the bamboo in the second pic.

Giant Timber Bamboo ready to plant. Should get to 10-12 ' by summers end. We'll see.






 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2013-02-04 3:18 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-02-04 14:39, AceExplorer wrote:
Quote:

On 2013-02-04 14:27, RevBambooBen wrote:
Use "Bamboo Barrier" or you will be sorry. It will bust through cement walls.



In that case, he should plant it up against his neighbor's "McMansion." Problem solved! heheheheh... <evil grin>



if only!

The neighborhood is all small, 50's era houses. This joker built a house so huge it towers over everything. For what reason? Same reason he drives big, huge trucks, perhaps? of course, he has 3 pitbulls that howl at everything. All night long. From their house, they can see Catalina island, I assume...and of course everything in my back yard including me if I go out there...

but the kicker is his weekly family nights he has every sunday beginning at 5 in the evening and going on until 2 in the morning...this includs the home owner getting drunker and drunker and howling like a coyote every 5 minutes, again, till 2 in the morning. Then to make things worse he predominately listenes to a type of music called "freestyle", which may very well be the worst music known to mankind...it is music from the late 80s. early 90s and features such artists as Lisa Lisa and cultjam and nu shooz. It's what was big in LA and new York before hip hop...which if you can believe it, is an actual improvment to this music. He normally has the radio playing this music so loud, including all the commercials, that this is what I get to listen to even standing 3-4 houses down the street.

I am building my own tiki bar. I would like to have a place to listen to my music and relax, but with their dogs barking like crazy as soon as I go in the backyard, and their horrid music overpowering anything I might want to hear, it's impossible.

You would hope that extreme cold weather or rain would keep them inside, but noooooo! The jerk has installed state-of-the-art outside heaters, a huge carnival-like canopy covering the backyard, and enough lights strung across the yard on overhead wires to light up a typical oil rig or cruise liner.....no matter what this guy is going to have his parties and enjoy his life at everyone else's expense!

So you can see why I want a formidable barrier!

God, life sucks sometimes!

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LostIsland
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Posted: 2013-02-04 3:41 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-02-04 15:18, lucas vigor wrote:
Quote:

On 2013-02-04 14:39, AceExplorer wrote:
Quote:

On 2013-02-04 14:27, RevBambooBen wrote:
Use "Bamboo Barrier" or you will be sorry. It will bust through cement walls.



In that case, he should plant it up against his neighbor's "McMansion." Problem solved! heheheheh... <evil grin>



if only!

The neighborhood is all small, 50's era houses. This joker built a house so huge it towers over everything. For what reason? Same reason he drives big, huge trucks, perhaps? of course, he has 3 pitbulls that howl at everything. All night long. From their house, they can see Catalina island, I assume...and of course everything in my back yard including me if I go out there...

but the kicker is his weekly family nights he has every sunday beginning at 5 in the evening and going on until 2 in the morning...this includs the home owner getting drunker and drunker and howling like a coyote every 5 minutes, again, till 2 in the morning. Then to make things worse he predominately listenes to a type of music called "freestyle", which may very well be the worst music known to mankind...it is music from the late 80s. early 90s and features such artists as Lisa Lisa and cultjam and nu shooz. It's what was big in LA and new York before hip hop...which if you can believe it, is an actual improvment to this music. He normally has the radio playing this music so loud, including all the commercials, that this is what I get to listen to even standing 3-4 houses down the street.

I am building my own tiki bar. I would like to have a place to listen to my music and relax, but with their dogs barking like crazy as soon as I go in the backyard, and their horrid music overpowering anything I might want to hear, it's impossible.

You would hope that extreme cold weather or rain would keep them inside, but noooooo! The jerk has installed state-of-the-art outside heaters, a huge carnival-like canopy covering the backyard, and enough lights strung across the yard on overhead wires to light up a typical oil rig or cruise liner.....no matter what this guy is going to have his parties and enjoy his life at everyone else's expense!

So you can see why I want a formidable barrier!

God, life sucks sometimes!

[ This Message was edited by: lucas vigor 2013-02-04 15:20 ]



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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2013-02-04 3:57 pm   Permalink

It's time for a chat with your neighbor. At least try so that when you blast him on Saturday nights with a zillion watts of the Stones from an outdoor speaker hidden in your bamboo hedge you'll have some leverage when the inconsiderate fool comes to see you.
As for the dawgs, that's my signal to go water the yard with that sometimes uncontrollable and unpredictable water hose and supernozzle.
Good luck!

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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2013-02-04 4:19 pm   Permalink

You may want to do a Google search for your problem. There are some electronic solutions for the music situation, warning not all of them perfectly legal and some difficult depending on your level of technical expertise- but there are things you can do to mess with him if it is or gets too bad. We had a similar problem with the neighbor behind us but before things came to a head his wife decided she'd had enough and pulled the plug - literally - on his midlife crisis all night partying. I hope you get so lucky.

As for the dogs that's a bit tricker although again we had an issue with the neighbors across the street from us and I didn't call but was tempted to and that situation too rectified itself. I'm pretty sure another neighbor complained because they received a visit from animal control and now I very rarely hear those dogs.

Good luck! I have my fingers crossed for you.
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