Need A New Fence? Consider Using Environmentally Friendly Bamboo

Posted on: 18 August 2015

The Japanese have been making fences out of bamboo for centuries and it is catching on in the United States. If you need a new fence, either for your home or even to fence in a large estate, you might consider using this versatile, environmentally friendly material. Below is a brief description of the plant and three different types of bamboo fencing. 

What is Bamboo?

Bamboo is a member of the grass family. Like grass, it grows quickly and needs frequent trimming. Phyllostahcys Moso, used in China for buildings, furniture, and fencing, can grow to a height of 10 feet in roughly three weeks. Like grass, once the bamboo is harvested, it grows back. This rapid growth and the ability to regenerate make bamboo an easily renewable resource.   

Types of Bamboo Fencing

Traditional Bamboo Fencing

Traditional Japanese fencing is built one pole at a time. Each pole is fastened to the next using stout cord or wire. The modern version is usually wired so the fence lasts longer, with cord sometimes added as a decorative feature. Depending on the design, horizontal poles are sometimes added at the top, middle and bottom. The bamboo is usually left natural so it weathers to a light tan and blends into the background. This type of fencing works in both urban and rural settings.

Rolled Large Cane Bamboo Fencing

This fencing comes in large rolls and is one of the easiest to install. It looks similar to the traditional fencing, but the poles are thinner. Rolled fencing simply "rolls" into place and is often used to cover up chain link fencing. The chain link provides the structural support while the bamboo makes the fence look good. It may also be used to cover up other unsightly fencing that is otherwise sound. If you're starting from scratch, you'll need some sort of frame.

Low Bamboo Fencing

This is a space defining fence, rather than one built for privacy or to keep animals in or out. It is often used in Asian gardens to outline a section of garden or frame a pond or other water feature. The frames are made of thick bamboo poles while the slats are thin rods placed horizontally and vertically to create a symmetrical pattern. This is a "see-through" fence that is usually half the height of a typical garden fence, perhaps only two to three feet tall. The idea is to frame the plants or water feature, rather than hide it.

For further information or assistance, contact a local outlet, such as Rapasadi Fence.