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Frosty43
Jun 13, 2017 10:01 PM CST
We bought lengths of pre fab bamboo screen from our local Fred Meyers. It provides shading but I want privacy. It's a very small ground area. With retaining walls below. Can I plant ivy or something that will grow into bamboo screen and last year round?
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porkpal
Jun 13, 2017 10:53 PM CST
English ivy might well do the trick, but it can also get out of control. I hope others have better ideas.
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tx_flower_child
Jun 14, 2017 1:49 AM CST
If the bamboo screen is as 'thin' (can't think of a better word) as it looks, ivy will not only grow into and around the bamboo, it will eventually take over and possibly weigh it down. Ivy is very aggressive and develops very thick roots. Once they get hold of something, it's hard to pry them off.

I like the concept of what you want to do but I would urge you to look for some other type vine that is not so aggressive.

Here's a link that states ivy as an invasive weed in the Pacific Northwest, which is where you live.
http://extension.oregonstate.e...

And an article about invasive plants
http://www.usna.usda.gov/Garde...

As the 2nd article says, you might want to contact your County Extension Office or a local native plant society. They should be well versed not only about invasive plants, but will probably be able to suggest some alternatives. Unfortunately, I am not well versed as to what would work for where you live. But I do know that we have many members who live in the Pacific Northwest and I bet someone will be able to help.

Good luck and welcome to NGA!
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 14, 2017 2:56 AM CST
Ivy in the pacific northwest is the same as it is in the temperate rain forests of Appalachia--not only invasive but absolutely harmful and destructive to property, other plants, and even animals that would rely on whatever it replaced as food.

To be honest, on something like that I might grow morning glories. I don't mind the look of dried leaves, vines, and pods during winter. My neighbors do though. Rolling my eyes.
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