JSTR11, good to see you back.* If you will be planting the bamboo in the ground do make sure it's ok with your parents.* Some bamboos are considered 'runners' and can be nearly impossible to get rid of once established.* They also can quickly take over a yard.* Get the botanical name and do alot of research on which one you plan on planting.*
When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.