NEC ABS Newsletter February 2016

Northeast Chapter ABS February 2016

(sent via Campaign Monitor to NEC members, with pics too)


Planning for the 2016 ABS Annual Meeting is progressing. DC has so many great locations to visit that we won’t be able to see all of them. Currently looking into seeing two member collections, the National Arboretum, the US Botanic Garden, the National Botanic Garden, and/or the National Zoo. A few great speakers are confirmed and we’re hoping a few more will have the time and energy to present their work to us.


Let’s think about where a late spring / early summer NEC event could be. Please contact me with suggestions for ideas for a grove visit, a grove cleaning party, a workshop, or something else entirely.


Some comments about controlling running bamboos with herbicides.
This information was shared by NEC member Whitney Adams of Groton, CT.

As found on National Park Service website,

The following method is effective for control of most exotic invasive bamboos such as golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea), arrow bamboo (Pseudosasa japonica) and others. It was developed by Dr. Francis Gouin, formerly the University of Maryland Agronomist and is presented here with slight modification.

Cut the bamboo down to the ground in spring (e.g., June). Depending on the type of bamboo you are working with, you will need a chain saw, weed whip or weed whacker, Swedish brush axe, pruning snips or other tool that will cut through the bamboo stems. Hand-held pruning snips work fine for the thinner stemmed running bamboos (Psuedosasa), but it is more labor intensive and time consuming. Cut down as low as is comfortable and leave alone for the summer, allowing it to regrow. In October or early November, on a sunny, non-breezy day, spray the leaves of regrown plants with a 2% rate of glyphosate (e.g., Accord® or Roundup Pro®), mixed with water, according to the label directions. Apply thoroughly just to the point of drip. Wait 10-14 days and reapply the glyphosate at the same rate. After the second treatment, leave the bamboo alone. Do not cut, mow, or remove plant material. The following spring, the bamboo will be browned out and should not grow back. At this point, you can cut and remove the dead vegetation. If any bamboo remains or does reappear, repeat the procedure.

From the website of the Missouri Botanical Garden, please note:
Glyphosate does not have soil activity and will only kill plants that are contacted with the spray solution. This makes glyphosate a more useful herbicide option for most areas where bamboo grows. It is important to note that one application of glyphosate will not eradicate bamboo. It will most likely be necessary to mow and spray as many as 4 times for complete bamboo control to be achieved. Persistence is key when targeting running bamboo.

From Mike Johnson, of Summerhill Nursery, Madison, CT:

<< To keep ground cover types of bamboo restricted to a certain area, we have sprayed Roundup (in early summer), all the culm growth beyond the area we wanted contained. All the sprayed areas died, but there was no damage to the area we wanted contained. Of course, this treatment has to be repeated every year or two to keep the planting the desired size, as new rhizomes will spread back into the outer area


If you have not read the official ABS Bamboo Invasiveness and Control Statement, please take a look:
Although it does not outline specific use of herbicides, many of us are looking into chemical methods. Please share your stories of control with us so we can work together to find viable solutions to educate the general public. The on-going attempts of those who do not understand or appreciate bamboo to ban bamboo in municipalities will not stop. As the ABS Chapter for the mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, we need to be the authority on controlling bamboos.


Bamboo made a few appearances in pop culture this winter.

In landscaping news, The Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, TX won a 2016 AIA Honor award. The entrance walkway to the Perot is lined with almost 1000 feet of bamboo, and there are many other uses of bamboo in a landscaping application within walking distance of the Perot.

Two different architectural practices made headlines for their proposals to use bamboo as a construction material. Penda, a Vienna and Beijing practice, has been experimenting with designs for a high-rise bamboo community, while a Chinese graduate student studying in the Netherlands released stunning images of a hypothetical bamboo stadium.

Bamboo is finding its place in fashion and industrial design as well. With companies around the world proving the value of bamboo bikes, it was only a matter of time before they hit the Big Apple – Petal Forward will sell bamboo bikes in NYC that are cost-competitive to traditional bikes and beautiful too.

Glamourous Hollywood is starting to appreciate bamboo as well. The hottest afterparty following the 2015 Golden Globes was held beneath a giant chrome bamboo chandalier, dreamed up by the world-famous designer Tom Ford. Great exposure for our great plant!—OAYV06GJpSKA/

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