If you are an environmentally concerned homeowner and considering building a fence around your property for privacy or to protect your children or pets, you may want to consider buying bamboo as a building material. Bamboo is a strong, durable grass that is stronger than both timber and most types of wood. In addition to its durability and attractiveness, bamboo is a natural source that renews itself within three years and can be harvested multiple times, unlike the 30 to 50 years it takes to grow a tree.
In addition to the environmental benefits bamboo offers, there are many other advantages to choosing bamboo as a material to build your fence. One advantage is of course the natural beauty that bamboo can add to your yard and landscape. An area surrounded in bamboo, no matter the landscape, takes on a sophisticated, exotic feeling which lends itself to lounging in the natural surroundings and enjoying the peacefulness of your backyard oasis.
Not only does bamboo lend itself to a variety of landscapes, and can be stained in a number of colors from natural to darker tones, it also is available in a variety of designs. You can purchase your bamboo fencing as a panel or as a roll and both are equally as attractive and easy to install.
Fencing made of bamboo rolls are comprised of the sturdy stalk and come in a roll and a quite easily installed. To install a rolled bamboo fence all you have to do is unroll the fencing and tie it with galvanized wire to a post securely placed in the ground. As the fencing is on a roll, and not as rigid to work with as wood, you can bend and flex the fencing around sharp corners and into more organic circular shapes easily.
Bamboo fencing made of panels is easy to install and come in multiple heights and in simple or elaborate designs. Install bamboo panels is an easy task. Just like with rolled bamboo, simply attach the panels to posts securely placed in the ground. Unlike rolled bamboo, bamboo panels are more conventional in form and aren’t as easily manipulated into circular patterns or around sharp corners.
If you choose to install a bamboo fence you should be aware of how to maintain your fence so it retains its luster and beauty. When installing your fence, make sure it does not come into direct contact with the earth but rather is supported about an inch above the ground by the posts. This will protect it from rot and moisture.
As well as keeping your fence from directly contacting the earth, sealant and a waterproof coating should be applied before installing your fence in order to protect it from moisture and other elements. After the initial staining and sealing, to prevent fading you should apply a UV-resistant varnish once a year. When applying the UV-resistant varnish you should also check your posts and wires ties for strength.
With proper maintenance, your bamboo fence should provide up to 20 years of serene privacy and beauty to your backyard oasis.