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         Through many years of bamboo digging, propagation, and nursery work, we have learned that having the right tool for the job makes a huge difference. This is especially true with bamboo work, so we offer the best tools for bamboo maintenance and propagation. We pioneered many of the techniques in use at the nursery today and want share our knowledge so that the learning curve is not so steep for new comers to bamboo. We are proud to offer the following tools which are an essential, every-day part of our operation. Organic fertilizer is listed for sale at the bottom of this page.
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14 lb. manually operated piston handle

Bamboo Slammer  

$295.00

Sharp, double beveled edge blade, mounted to metal tube housing for a manually operated piston. Hand forged and welded using very strong, high quality steel.

designed and manufactured by Doug King, Clackamas, OR

   
This is a unique, bamboo-working tool that is specially suited to cut dense concentrations of bamboo rhizomes. It is a heavy and very sharp steel blade attached to a manually operated piston for precise cutting. It weighs about 20 lbs. We have been using this tool for over 15 years at the nursery and it is an integral part of our technique for bamboo propagation and control. It has a different, but equally important, function than the King of Spades shovel. (see below)  The spade is better suited for cutting single rhizomes and digging younger bamboo that are not too dense, usually found on the exterior of a grove. The Bamboo Slammer is primarily used for cutting apart the older, concentrated root mass, usually found in the interior of a grove or hedge. The Bamboo Slammer is a heavy duty tool which can result in injury if misused. Heavy boots, gloves, and ear protection is recommended during use in any occasion.


$80.00  Bamboo wood working tool package:
Japanese cane splitting hatchet with oak handle, fine toothed saw, traditional palm rope (100 meters, choice of brown or black)

King of Spades     $125.00
 
   Made in USA. We sell the "King of Spades" root cutting spade (13" blade, long metal handle). This is a professional grade tool for cutting roots and rhizomes, or digging bamboo. These spades are extremely tough and built to last, plus you will find many other uses for them beyond bamboo. We have been using this shovel for many years at the nursery. We highly recommend it for any bamboo grower, general landscaper, hobbyist or professional.  One rubber foot pad included.  

   Quote from WW Manufacturing:
"Super strong, rust resistant. Long tapered cutting edge resists dents and nicks from hard digging conditions. Virtually self-sharpening during use. "The innovator of spade technology has developed the ultimate spade."

 
Our tools in action:
Photo Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden
Rhizomes have been removed from around the edge of a Black Bamboo using the King of Spades. The outer edge of the clump has been under cut at a 45 angle so that divisions of the grove can by pried out of the ground more effectively.

Photo Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden
The Bamboo Slammer blade is positioned in the middle of the clump. The piston pulled up and down, working from one end to the other. (click on photo to see larger image)

Photo Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden

      After the cut is made with the Slammer, the two sections are undercut and pried apart using the King of Spades, and finally pulled out of the ground. If using the Slammer to pry, make sure the handle is fully inserted into the metal tube.  Sometimes people try to pull the handle out to gain additional leverage while prying. This can result in a slight distortion of the tube if you pry hard enough, which basically ruins the tool. 
       Tying the canes up into sections makes it easier to outline the cutting task and provides a little more working space. Most groves should be thinned prior to digging. This particular bamboo was divided into four sections which were driven to a different site and transplanted. Digging is usually easiest in the spring or fall when the soil is soft from rain water.

 Learn more about
Bamboo Digging and Grove Maintenance


Learn more about
Controlling Bamboo Rhizomes


Digging Bamboo video on right, click to enlarge to full screen. Video can be watched in HD, but it takes longer to load. (click on "gear" symbol, lower right, to raise or lower video quality)

Photo Noah Bell, Bamboo Garden
 
 
Our crew digging Timber Bamboo to put into containers and sell at the nursery. Video produced by Noah Bell, 2013
New! 100% Organic fertilizer for bamboo 
Nutri-Rich 4-3-2
$15.00 per 50lb bag  ($.30 per lb)
    We are excited to offer this fertilizer as it is fully organic and available at a great price. Nutri-Rich 4-3-2 is derived from chicken manure and has a well balanced nutritional content of 4-3-2 (4-nitrogen  3-phosphorus 2-potassium, the basic elements necessary for plant health). Mix with local soil around bamboo growing area, as directed on the package under the "trees and shrubs" category. For new plantings, about 1-2 cups of fertilizer is sufficient, depending on the plant size. Apply fertilizer 2-3 times per year during the growing season. When applying a  fertilizer to an existing bamboo, mix into the top three inches of soil for best results, although if not possible, it can be used as a top dressing, as it is water soluble. This fertilizer is mild and will not burn young plants and gives your bamboo an extra boost of energy to maintain optimal health. We recommend this for use around your home, instead of synthetic lawn fertilizer. It is safe to use in your vegetable garden and around pets and kids. Because it is manure based fertilizer, it does have an unpleasant odor for about 5-7 days, if left on the surface and not integrated into the topsoil. After a good rain, or watering, the smell goes away.
Teufel Products
ORGANIC COMPOST
$10 per bale  ($8 ea. for qty. of 5 or more bales)

We have been using this locally produced blend of compost for many years at the nursery and in clients yards around Portland.  It contains all kinds of good stuff that bamboo can use to produce healthy, vibrant growth.  Primary ingredients include: Aged fine bark, kelp meal, dairy compost, chicken manure, bat guano, ground oyster shell, and worm castings, all compressed into a 2 cu ft. bale, which expands to 3 cu. feet. Mix this nutritious blend about 50/50 with the local soil in a two foot area around the root mass of your new bamboo.  It can also be applied as a top dress for already existing stands of bamboo or use it for container bamboo, to replenish the soil nutrients. The photos below are examples of Teufel Compost used as a top dress to create an elevated berm for the rhizomes to grow into.  This helps with bamboo maintenance because the rhizomes usually poke out the side before expanding into new areas.
 

 

Timber Bamboo  (Phyllostachys)   
30 to 70 ft. tall
Mid-sized Bamboo (Phyllostachys)
15 to 30 ft tall
Cold-hardy Clumping Bamboo       
6 to 25 ft. tall
Cold-sensitive Clumping Bamboo
 6 to 50 ft. tall
Other Running Bamboo               
6 to 25 ft. tall
Small Running Bamboo                
1 to 8 ft. tall
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