19 March 2014 - making a new black bamboo patch to balance the South side of the front yard with the patch on the North side of the yard.
FIRST thing is to construct a "containment ring" as bamboo (even 'clumping' bamboo) will wander out and get into trouble if you let it. I had/have lots of scrap aluminum sheet bits from building the art-car, tearing down trailers etc. I pop riveted a bunch of pieces together:
THEN, I made a 37" diameter `18" deep ring of it;
I used a small sharp square end spade and dead blow hammer to cut out 3 large and hearty canes from the old black bamboo patch on the North side of the front yard;
Which I took over to the prepared hole in the center of the containment ring on the South side of my yard;
Then I filled around the containment ring. Filled inside with the good soil from the top of digging the hole. Then a few buckets of mulch and a bucket of water and VOILA!
Soon it will be as big and vigorous a stand of black bamboo as the mother patch. Below are the tools I used, minus the pop riveter (which had got itself put away);
For closer inspection, click any picture to biggify it.