Price list Bamboo choices Hardiness list Controlling bamboo Home
Professional tools for the bamboo gardener
         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.  Call to order or for more information 503-647-2700.


14 lb. manually operated piston handle

Bamboo Slammer  
Currently out of stock 03-21

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.

King of Spades    
Free Shipping
   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 2019
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 2019
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 2019

      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 2019
Our crew digging Timber Bamboo to put into containers and sell at the nursery. Video produced by Noah Bell, 2016

Custom Blend Organic FERTILIZER    8-2-2

4 lbs Package =  $25    ($15 + $10 ship)

25 lbs Package = $60  ($40 + $20 ship)
($15, or $40 if picked up from Bamboo Garden)

We developed this fertilizer especially for planting new bamboo. It's best utilized by incorporating into the surrounding topsoil. It is slow-release, 100% organic, and provides balanced nutrients for one growing season.

Kelp Meal
Contains a wide range of nutrients and trace minerals, naturally chelated and readily available for plant uptake.
Stimulates microbial activity and contains alginic acid for building soil structure and retaining moisture.

Feather Meal
An organic source of slow-release, high-nitrogen fertilizer. Nutrients released and made available to the plant over a 4 to 6 month period.

Olivine Mineral
Provides an abundance of micro-nutrients, primarily magnesium, calcium, iron, and silica, essential to overall to plant health

Mycorrhizal Fungi
Promotes a healthy root system and increases plant efficiency of nutrient uptake and water absorption. Enhances plant health, vigor, and stress resistance.

Bamboo Application

  • 1/2  to 2 cups per new planting depending on plant size.  Incorporate fertilizer into upper 1 to 4 inches of topsoil / mulch , or in soil around root mass for new plantings. 

  • Fertilize twice per year: once in the spring and once in the summer. (March / July, or April / August)

  • 1/2 cup for #1 through #2 container, 1 cup for #5 size, 1.5 cup for #10 size, 2 cups for #15 through #25 size.

  • For an established 10' x 10' (100 square foot) bamboo grove or screen, apply 6 lbs of fertilizer per application (approximately .5 lbs of nitrogen available to the bamboo)


Total Nitrogen (N)……………………………….8.00%
5.1 % Water Soluble Nitrogen
2.9 % Water Insoluble Nitrogen*
Available Phosphate (P
Soluble Potash (K
Calcium (Ca)…………………………………..…...3.60%
Magnesium (Mg)…………………………………..4.00%
Sulfur (S)………………………………………..….1.40%
Iron (Fe)………………………………………….....0.70%

Derived from: Feather Meal, Bone Meal, Potassium Sulfate, Olivine, Kelp Meal.
*2.9% Slowly Available Water Insoluble Nitrogen From Feather Meal
Endomycorrhizae: Glomus intraradices (0.26 prop./gm), Glomus mosseae (0.26 prop./gm) Glomus aggregatum (0.26 prop./gm), Glomus etunicatum (0.26 prop./gm), Ectomycorrhizae: Rhizopogon villosullus (22 prop./gm), Rhizopogon luteolus (22 prop./gm), Rhizopogon amylopogon  (22 prop./gm), Rhizopogon fulvigleba (22 prop./gm), Pisolithus tinctorius (850 prop./gm), Scleroderma cepa (22 prop./gm) and Scleroderma citrinum (22 prop./gm)


100% Organic fertilizer for bamboo 
Nutri-Rich 4-3-2
$25.00 per 50lb bag  ($.50 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.
Bamboo Planting Mix
$12 per bag  (2 cubic feet)
We have been using this locally produced blend of compost for many years at the nursery and in clients yards around Portland. Primary ingredients include: Aged fine bark, garden compost, dairy compost, and pumice in a 2 cu ft. bag. Mix this nutritious blend at a ration of approximately 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 Planting Mix 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
Price List,  Ordering/Shipping info.
Planting and Caring for Bamboo
Landscape Use
Hardiness list
Bamboo Screens and Hedges
Bamboo Control Barrier
Bamboo For the Interior
Current Specials Sale! 
Customer Favorites
Shipping Rates
Bamboo Links