Bamboo Debris and Fire Danger

Bamboo is an acceptable choice for a fire break. Its canes are low in oils and don’t burn easily.

Its dead sheaths and leaves, however, are very flammable. The local fire department here in town has actually listed new bamboo plantings as “prohibited” for this reason.

A major element of maintaining a healthy grove of bamboo is regularly raking all fallen debris. Keep the ground around your bamboo — as well as the branches — free of dead leaves and sheaths. This not only minimizes fire danger, but also enables you to water the soil more evenly, and lessens the chance of mold and insect infestations at the crown (the spot where the canes meet the soil and root system/rhizomes).

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