Seattle Bamboo serves the greater Seattle area to plant, maintain, and even remove bamboo from home and commercial properties. We have a great selection of inexpensive bamboo for sale that we deliver in Seattle for free. We offer fee based consulting services on site and free email and telephone bids for maintenance and removal.
It is time to thin your bamboo!
Seattle bamboo has an agreement with the Woodland Park Zoo to deliver all thinnings for the daily public elephant feeding program.
Before you purchase bamboo, please read our new article:
Time to thin bamboo! We deliver the thinnings from your groves to the elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo. Call us at 206.724.1977 to schedule.
One of the ways to "contain" bamboo is to keep it very happy where you want it. Thinning the grove allows for light to penetrate the canopy, enables new growth to sprout within the grove, and keeps mite and other pest problems to a minimum.
Bamboo rhizomes expend energy to push new shoots up through the earth to access sunlight for photosynthesis. If the bamboo grove is overcrowded the rhizomes will expend energy to find new territory, meaning they will "run" to new areas of your garden, under concrete and asphalt, onto neighboring properties. The only bamboo that is "invasive" is bamboo that is not properly and loving maintained.
You can help make your grove happy where it is and feed the Woodland Park Zoo elephants!
Seattle Bamboo is providing the thinnings from your Seattle bamboo groves for the zoo's elephant feeding program. The thinning of your grove can give it the space it needs to propagate without invading your and your neighbor's property and feed the elephants!
All of your clean and pesticide free bamboo thinnings and prunings will be delivered to the zoo throughout this spring and summer.
When a bamboo grove has escaped its barrier, it is usually time to either remove and replace it, or "renegotiate" your relationship with it. If bamboo is happy where it is, there are usually no problems. But once it has become unhappy and begins to try to escape, it is time to think about removing it. We have the tools, the brains, and the brawn to successfully remove problem groves, and we guarantee our work. If a new shoot emerges where we have dug, we remove it for free. Call us at 206.724.1977 for a detailed phone estimate, or we will come out and take a look at the issues you are having for a fee based consultation. Our consultation fees are waived or credited back to you once we sign a contract and schedule your work.
PLEASE NOTE: Overcrowded bamboo will WANT to escape, it will produce very leggy and unhealthy new shoots, and will not replace the old culms with fresh, healthy new growth. Overcrowded bamboo plantings will also create a "root bound" situation the size of the containment area, this is often a very huge problem with existing groves.
There are "right" ways to plant and contain bamboo, and there are all the other ways. We have to expertise, the tools, the energy, and the right varieties of bamboo that will work in your garden.
If you need a planting consultation we offer that as part of our service or you can plant it yourself and we will deliver it to your site in the Seattle area for free.
Spring and Early Summer Thinning
If you have a grove of bamboo on your property and it has NOT been thinned, you NEED this service. One of the ways to "contain" bamboo is to keep it very happy where you want it. Thinning the grove allows for light to penetrate the canopy, enables new growth to sprout within the grove, and keeps mite and other pest problems to a minimum.
Seattle Bamboo is the main supplier of bamboo for an elephant feeding experience for zoo visitors at the Woodland Park Zoo. All of your clean bamboo thinnings and prunings will be delivered there throughout this spring and summer.
PLEASE NOTE: Overcrowded bamboo will WANT to escape, will produce very leggy and unhealthy new shoots, and will not replace the old culms with fresh, healthy new growth. Overcrowded bamboo plantings will also create a "root bound" situation the size of the containment area, this is often a very huge problem with existing groves.
It is a good idea to have us look at your grove and determine if you need this service.
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Our estimates are firm most of the time. We take our time to estimate the amount of work it will take to complete your job so you are not surprised at the end of the work.
Seattle Bamboo is unique as we often trade a portion of our fees for bamboo plants that we thin from your gardens. We love bamboo, to us the life and vibrancy of this plant is both engaging and mysterious. This love shows in our work and our main interest is in the health of your bamboo. Often, however, bamboo is not a good choice for your small garden.
Seattle Bamboo is licensed by the State of Washington, bonded to assure the work gets done as agreed, and insured against liability for up to 3 million dollars. Our state license number is SEATTB*913ML