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Bamboo Services 

Bamboo Sourcery provides expert bamboo selection, delivery, installation, individualized consultations, and maintenance services. We also offer custom construction to create gorgeous planter boxes and other landscaping systems to display and contain your bamboo. We can consult with you regarding containments and removals, and we will determine whether we can perform the necessary work or offer a referral.

The first step in getting your bamboo project done right is to contact us so that we can discuss your needs and advise you how to proceed. Dimensions and pictures of the planting area are extremely useful.


Bamboo Sourcery offers curbside delivery services throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We carefully hand-deliver live plants in a manner that keeps them healthy and ready for planting. We also provide plant orders to commercial sites for large scale landscaping projects.

Fees vary according to your location in the Bay Area. (See table below.) We charge a flat rate for the trip regardless of how many plants are purchased. We are sometimes able to combine deliveries in a particular region and may offer a “piggyback” discount to you if you can be flexible about the time and date of your delivery.

You are also welcome to visit our nursery and personally select your bamboo plants for yourself. All you need to bring is an appropriate vehicle, a tarp, and some rope. If you need help assessing what size vehicle you will need for your anticipated order, feel free to give us a call.

To receive a delivery quote and schedule a delivery, please call our office. You can also schedule delivery when you’re here selecting your bamboo. We do everything we can to accommodate your needs and preferences, but some flexibility on your part is always helpful!

NOTE: We don’t ship live plants! Bamboo needs to stay hydrated, especially smaller plants in portable containers. Shipping has become more expensive and dries them out so they often arrive at their destination very wilted, stressed, and unhealthy. Plus, the strain of travel (via a system where they might be mishandled) may bruise or break canes, knock off leaves, or even kill the plant! We want you to be happy with your purchase, and that means we only sell directly from our nursery, and hand-deliver our bamboo to the greater Bay Area. We can offer a trucking service for long-distance deliveries – call for a quote.


Bamboo Sourcery provides expert consultations at your site. The basic, on-site consultation fee is $200, which includes travel time, assessing your project, and creating your estimate. If you end up using our services to install or maintain your bamboo, we will subtract the consultation fee from your final invoice. Our owner, Joe Ruffatto, will visit your home or work site to assess your needs and discuss the aesthetic choices available to you. He will recommend a planting method and containment options, measure and plan the planting, and observe the area and exposure in order to make an ideal species recommendation. If you have existing bamboo, a consultation is often the best way we can help you troubleshoot any problems you may be having. We will give you expert advice on how to solve the problems yourself, will give you an estimate for having us do this maintenance work, or will offer a referral. Bamboo is a unique, beautiful and useful plant, but it does have special considerations (some can be quite invasive without proper containment). Many people, even landscape professionals, are not well versed in how to properly plant and contain running bamboo to ensure future security and a lifetime of health for the plants. We have over 30 years of experience in developing and using effective, safe methods of containment and control. When we do a planting job, we do it right from the beginning. A proper planting from the start makes bamboo much easier to maintain and enjoy in the long run, so it is well worth the time and effort to make sure it’s done right. We pride ourselves in providing our customers with the best service and advice to keep your bamboo healthy and under control now and for years to come.

Please give us a call us to schedule a consultation. 


Want to install a beautiful bamboo privacy screen or ornamental accent in your landscape but don’t have the time or knowledge to do it successfully? Let our trained staff and bamboo experts properly install your bamboo plants for healthy plants and happy neighbors!

If you have chosen a running type bamboo, we will contain it with our time tested rhizome root barrier, or in planter boxes to prevent any escape (with proper care.) Clumpers and runners alike will be carefully placed to allow for easy maintenance and to ensure maximum growth potential.

Sometimes the best solution is container planting. We fabricate and deliver custom redwood planters designed specifically for bamboo. We also sell galvanized tub planters in many sizes. In addition to installing your bamboo, we can also install simple, cost effective irrigation systems to keep your bamboo properly watered with little effort! We provide and deliver any and all necessary materials to get the job done right, including soil, gravel, irrigation parts, root barrier, containers, fertilizers, and more.

Our courteous and responsive crew will perform your install quickly and professionally to give you a lush and long lasting bamboo planting in your home or business. We always leave your site clean and beautifully transformed. Call us today for a custom quote and recommendations for your space.

Custom Planter Boxes

We build attractive, custom designed,  well-draining redwood or Corten steel-faced planter boxes that last a lifetime. Our planter boxes are specifically designed for the care and maintenance of bamboo, with easy access and removable faces for splitting and maintenance. Our custom boxes start at $150/foot; click here for photos and inspiration: Containers & Planter Boxes for Bamboo

Maintenance and Removal

We offer a full range of maintenance services to the Bay Area. The first step is to email us photos and details about your bamboo, and we will determine if an in-home consultation with Joe is necessary.

You can contract with us to do various bamboo maintenance services such as:

  • Annual pruning, thinning, and barrier edge checks
  • Irrigation system maintenance
  • Fertilizing
  • Division of root-bound plants
  • Removal and containment of spreading running bamboo that was improperly contained or not contained in the first place.
    Please note that we are only able to provide removal and containment services for locations with an hour of our nursery, which is zip code 95472. However, we may be able to connect you with a local landscaper who has experience doing this kind of work.

Properly maintaining bamboo, especially older stands, will ensure the longevity and beauty of your planting. We can help with any project, start to finish, and advise you on multiple options to ensure you can get the work done within your budget and timeline.

"We are so happy to have found Bamboo Sourcery. Our garden was being overcome by a stand of bamboo we planted 12 years ago. Bamboo Sourcery thinned out the canes, installed a beautiful rock layer at the base and installed an irrigation system. It's beautiful now and our garden / patio is useable again. The staff is pleasant, professional and great to work with. We recommend them!"

Grant Martin San Francisco, CA February 23, 2019

"Love the bamboo. It changes the total vibe of my small backyard. Your guys were great; they were efficient, quick, and provided excellent cleanup. They were also polite and personable."

John Mullane Walnut Creek, CA September 20, 2018

"We recently moved to a new home that required landscaping to provide privacy screening. After some due-diligence we decided that clumping bamboo was the best solution and Bamboo Sourcery was the company to provide that service. Joe and his team are professional, informative, and courteous. Joe was on time for all appointments and understood exactly what we wanted and with his expert knowledge designed the perfect space for us. Thank you Joe and team for making this a smooth and delightful process with a very positive outcome!"

Dan Mason Healdsburg, CA August 8, 2018

"We want to express our gratitude and thanks for a job well done!  Beginning with the recommendation for the particular bamboo type that would work in our yard. To the professionalism, cleanliness and efficient installation of our bamboo, we could not be more pleased. Thank you Bamboo Sourcery!"

Paula and Ken Garrett Livermore, CA August 2, 2018

"The planting team did a great job.  They consulted with me on location and were very professional. I was able to observe and ask many questions.  If you are thinking about planting bamboo, I would highly recommend Bamboo Sourcery.  I did a good bit of research before choosing them.  They have the best plant selection and their website is a wealth of information."

Ellie Gutman San Francisco, CA August 2, 2018