A crucial element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a grove of Bamboo trees releases 39% more oxygen than a grove of any other trees. Planting bamboo is a good way to reduce the carbon footprint and help fight global warming. Bamboo can be grown in its own box or in a field ..... but watch out - it does spread when it gets started and, if not contained, can take over a landscape quickly. It is a great soil conservation tool with a spreading root structure and a thick overhead canopy. Although it does need water, it can tolerate extreme conditions that most plants cannot.
Bamboo is so very versatile that we are now using it for many things in our modern, daily world. I have in my personal life, bamboo sheets and towels, a bathrobe, dinnerware, and even a bamboo toothbrush. Bamboo flooring has become very popular as a wood substitute and my next flooring might just be bamboo. It can be harvested in 3-5 years vs. 10-20 years for most softwoods. It can out yield pine 6 to 1 in biomass production. It is also one of the strongest building materials we have today with a tensile strength of 28,000 psi compared with mild steel tensile strength of 23,000 psi. and it can be used for concrete reinforcement.
Lae Lae thinks that bamboo is a great plant for our world and all those concerned with a green environment. It's not too expensive, fast growing and earth friendly. Yea bamboo!