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Here's some pics of 4yrs of Gig Misc with weed control, planted from rhizomes:
Year 1

Year 2


Year 3

Year 4


My big helper is 48" on the button. If you want a 6-8' wall in 2yrs...plant em on 2' centers in good soil and give great weed control...they'll hammer. They stand with leaves until Christmas and then the stalks stand all year.

Now heres the same rootstock, 4yrs old, with only the first yr of weed control:

 

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Weed control: I spray with round-up in early spring before they send up shoots. Then 24d once or twice until I start seeing grasses. Then I spray with RU again...carefully. As they get older this 2nd RU spray gets easier as there is not much green down low.

Rhizomes: Came from a lady out east...I don't think she sells anymore. She was a retailer (and related I think) to Kurt Bluemel, a famous horticulturist. This year I went with plugs from New Energy. Not impressed...about 1/3 of the plugs looked bad (no green) and never did sprout. On the other hand they sorta bent some rules to get me the plugs.
 
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