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October 01, 2005

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Sean Pecor

I think the Southern States in Boones Mill is a wee bit closer to you. Head down 220, take the left just after the only streetlight in Boones Mill and you're there.

I've been doing research on erosion control oriented plants with regard to slopes and so on since I'm in the same boat as you although my nemesis has been the Paradise Tree. I think we're settling on creeping periwinkle, which is an attractive groundcover that propogates nicely. Here is my bookmark:

http://www.naturehills.com/new/product/Groundproductdetails.aspx?proname=Periwinkle

That web site is really handy. If you search for "erosion" on that site you can find a number of options (trees, shrubs etc).

Sean

ocracokewaves

Actually you would be surprised. We did a mapquest and there was only 1.5 miles difference, 17 miles to Boones Mill and 18.5 miles to Troutville.

When we factor in driving time, Troutville wins by a substantial margin.

Both 220 and 81 are almost equidistant for us.

It takes us between 15 and 20 minutes to get to the Tanglewood area, beacuse of all the lights. We can be to Interstate 81 in about 10-12 minutes. So 9 miles on Interstate 81 compared to 10 miles on 220 also ends up favoring Troutville as far as time.

Sometimes we take the "Roanoke bypass" which is 221 to Colonial to Merriman, to Starky, to Buck Mountain Road. That gets around some of the Tanglewood traffic, but it is longer.

Still we'll have to give the Boone's Mill Southern States a shot next time just so we can visit your area. However, the Troutville one is a classic.

ocracokewaves

I think you're on the right track with the periwinkle. In our wanderings through the woods, we often come across large patches of periwinkle. My mother used to say that in the old days you could tell the wealth of a family by what they planted on their graves. Only the rich people had periwinkle on their graves. In fact up on the mountain behind our house there is the grave of a Confederate solider, it's covered with periwinkle and the patch has spread into the woods so that it probably covers an acre now. I think the biggest challenge with the periwinkle is keeping the weeds out of it until it can cover the area.

Our neighbor has used periwinkle and has spent a lot of time weeding. I'll probably use an annual rye this winter and underseed it with native grasses just to see how long they will survive before fescue invades.
http://artemis.austincollege.edu/acad/bio/sgoldsmith/skg_ebe/grasses.htm

mary maszera

Where can I buy this crossbow? I live in New Jersaey

ocracokewaves

Actually the best thing would be to go to the Southern States store locator.

http://southernstates.findlocation.com/

I don't know where you live but I plugged in Newark and got these locations.

Also you may have to do some clean up spraying the next year. We had a few sprout come up this year. I've sprayed them a couple of time, and they look like they're history now so hopefully next year we'll be completely free of bamboo.

Results of search near Newark, NJ

MORRISTOWN AGWAY STORE
176 RIDGEDALE AVE
973-538-3232
MORRISTOWN, NJ 07960

ANIMAL FEEDS INC
3255 PARK AVE
718-293-7750
BRONX, NY 10451

SOMERSET GRAIN FEED & SUPPLY
74 MINE BROOK ROAD
908-766-0204
BERNARDSVILLE, NJ 07924

Dennis

I've ordered Crossbow over a website and 1 gallon did cost around 60 bucks. how did u sprayed it? i started to sprayit on the ground around the actl. bamboo. some died and now i spray it direct on the bamboo leaves. i mixed it 2 gallon to 3 cups of crossbow.... now how did u mixed and used it?

ocracokewaves

Do be honest, I can't remember the ratio that I used in the mix. It was too long ago. I would look at what the container recommends and try that first. That's probably where I started

I did all my spraying on the leaves of the plants. My bamboo was cut down and then what sprouted back to life was sprayed as soon as the leaves made a full appearance.

We no longer have bamboo. :)

Dennis

i have half of my backyard full of bamboo. we already cut all ofit down and it must bee about 3000 sqf, i digged up the ground and got a bit of the roots out. like u said, i sprayed the leaves and they are turning brown now and looks like the breaking down. when i used the ground tiller befor, it took me 12 hrs and many blue spots on myself to get a bit of roots out. if this works then i don;t have to get the tiller from home depot anymoore. hey ,.. thanks for ur site and ur explaining of the bamboo trouble...

Renee Penn

A neighbor is putting a bamboo fence near my water well. Will the roots destroy or mess up my well?

Please advise.

Thank you,


Renee Penn

Renee Penn

A neighbor is putting a bamboo fence near my water well. Will the roots destroy or mess up my well?

Please advise.

Thank you,


Renee Penn

randall l hooker

is there any place in texas that might sell this product isf so please send information thank you

randall l hooker

is there a place in tx where i might be able to by crossbow

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