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by mshaffer
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Tool for covering tall bamboo
Replies: 16
Views: 1502

Re: Tool for covering tall bamboo

Glen wrote:
mshaffer wrote:It's sort of extreme I guess, but it's nice to have a way to protect the larger culms when we get a blizzard, etc.
I have to say I applaud this kind of commitment and technical ability!
Thanks, glad you appreciate it. I guess I like building things and wanted to see if it would work.
by mshaffer
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Tool for covering tall bamboo
Replies: 16
Views: 1502

Re: Tool for covering tall bamboo

you didn't mention how the contraption is lifted. ? The funnel is hanging from a rope, which is routed through a pulley about 60ft above the ground. The rope then travels to a winch cable and winch mounted on the ground. The winch has a remote control so you can walk around the grove and position t...
by mshaffer
Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Tool for covering tall bamboo
Replies: 16
Views: 1502

Re: Tool for covering tall bamboo

I should mention, the Velcro fastens rather quickly. It's not like you have to sit there and do it inch by inch. You can swipe it one or two feet at a time. It's actually surprisingly fast.
by mshaffer
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Tool for covering tall bamboo
Replies: 16
Views: 1502

Re: Tool for covering tall bamboo

more pictures
by mshaffer
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Tool for covering tall bamboo
Replies: 16
Views: 1502

Re: Tool for covering tall bamboo

The outer layer is ripstop nylon and there are two layers of N-Sulate fabric sewn on the inside. The ripstop nylon is windproof and the N-Sulate adds insulation and also strength. There's a seam of 3/4" Velcro along the edge to form the tube shape. The funnel itself is made of 1/4" polycar...
by mshaffer
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Tool for covering tall bamboo
Replies: 16
Views: 1502

Re: Tool for covering tall bamboo

Yea, I thought about making it for multiple culms. I guess I mainly wanted to use it for my Moso and they're space pretty far apart.

I put it on a few culms last winter and they definitely had less damage compared to the uncovered ones.
by mshaffer
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Tool for covering tall bamboo
Replies: 16
Views: 1502

Re: Tool for covering tall bamboo

It's also capable of putting lights or a heating element inside the cover. I was going to put up several of the tubes with lights inside of them last winter, but it didn't really get cold enough to justify the trouble of putting them up. I think if there were snow cover it would look really cool to ...
by mshaffer
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Tool for covering tall bamboo
Replies: 16
Views: 1502

Re: Tool for covering tall bamboo

It's attached to a pulley hung between two oak trees. I have a wireless controlled winch to raise/lower it. You can see the wire going to the winch if you look closely.
by mshaffer
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Tool for covering tall bamboo
Replies: 16
Views: 1502

Re: Tool for covering tall bamboo

The cover has a seam, so you just separate it at the bottom, then walk away from the culm and it separates.

I filmed this several months ago when the leaves were down. I combined a few different takes for different angles, etc.
by mshaffer
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Tool for covering tall bamboo
Replies: 16
Views: 1502

Tool for covering tall bamboo

I've been experimenting with different ways to protect my Moso during the winter. I just thought I'd share a video of a little contraption i made. It's basically a radio controlled funnel that gets pulled up the bamboo culm. It installs a wind-proof insulated sleeve on the bamboo. https://www.youtub...
by mshaffer
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Half of moso culms dead
Replies: 4
Views: 2687

Re: Half of moso culms dead

I just looked along the fence line and only found one new rhizome, and the tip fell out of it when I moved it.

I wonder if there could be herbicide in the mulch I got from the county mulch dispenser. Hmm
by mshaffer
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Half of moso culms dead
Replies: 4
Views: 2687

Re: Half of moso culms dead

The soil between this grove and the one that is intact should be the same. They're not far apart. I guess it could be rodents. I don't remember seeing any new rhizomes last fall. Maybe something is eating everything below the surface. There have always been a lot of moles here. But, they haven't tou...
by mshaffer
Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Growing Bamboo
Topic: Half of moso culms dead
Replies: 4
Views: 2687

Half of moso culms dead

I just had to cut down like 10 3" diameter moso culms. It's like the whole grove is dying. I don't get it. I have another grove a few hundred feet away that is doing just fine. They were both planted at the same time, same exact species. The only difference is I mulched this one a lot and never...
by mshaffer
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Jumping worms eating bamboo roots?
Replies: 3
Views: 1796

Re: Jumping worms eating bamboo roots?

Ok, that's good to know that it's probably not the worms. Maybe it's because we had such wet weather. A lot of the rhizomes turned black and died. I've been trying not to mulch it as much since I think that acted like a sponge.
by mshaffer
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Bamboo Discussions
Topic: Jumping worms eating bamboo roots?
Replies: 3
Views: 1796

Jumping worms eating bamboo roots?

Does anyone know if the invasive "jumping worms" can damage bamboo roots? I found out from my neighbor that they are common in my neighborhood. Some of my largest, healthiest moso culms are just dying for seemingly no reason.