Just bought a house with two large areas of Bamboo. They look untidy at present, and I want to keep them. Should we be pruning, cutting back, leaving alone?
Bamboo in the Garden
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Normally with bamboo, you do not prune, you dig. Bamboo spreads quickly and to maintain a contained space, anything that is outside the space is dug up. You can prune bamboo quite freely to reshape it or to rejuvenate it. It really is a plant that can take almost any abuse. Just trim away any parts that are looking a bit ragged. It will grow back more lush and full.