Looking for a bamboo ground cover in Florida.

I want to put it right out side my lani where my daughter can sun bath. I tried all types of plants and grassland found them too buggy. rocks are too hard, as are pavers. I was thinking of some sort of bamboo?

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  • Bijous Bijous on Mar 01, 2018
    Dwarf Mondo grass. It's short, hardy and has a dark green color. Will grow with once a week deep watering. Can't beat it. Now, if you're wanting a screen, the clumping bamboo is perfect. It will not run which is a good thing. If you get regular bamboo, you will be fighting it forever more. It will completely take over.
  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Mar 01, 2018
    Bamboo needs to be contained or it will literally take over your entire area. It grows roots underground that come up EVERYWHERE. Unless you put it in a good, solid planter, don't use bamboo. Have you tried planting lemongrass? It is quite tall, (36" +) practically insect free, and will fill in quickly in a warm climate. If you want a fast fix, try a few tall arbors next to one another with a sheer fabric or sunscreen hung from the top and secured at the bottom as a privacy screen. Use grommets and wire ties to keep the fabric from fraying.
  • Grandmasue10 Grandmasue10 on Mar 01, 2018
    I've read that bamboo is very invasive. You can 'plant' a metal barrier with it to prevent roots from traveling, but I'm not sure how deep the metal would have to go. Again go to a local nursery. Even if one is not close, it would be worth the trip.
  • P McCammon P McCammon on Mar 01, 2018
    Check with a nurseryman or landscaper. Bamboo is uncontrollable.
  • Geew Geew on Mar 01, 2018
    I wouldn't suggest bamboo as others have said. I live in FL, my neighbor planted some and it ended up in my backyard. I spreads like wildfire and getting rid of it's roots is a chore that you will wish you never had.
  • 27524803 27524803 on Mar 01, 2018
    Bamboo is very invasive unless you plant it in some type of container.... a galvanized horse trough would work and help control it
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