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Bamboo Fencing

One of the newest entries into fencing is bamboo. Bamboo fencing is usually used to create a privacy fence as shown in Figure 1.

bamboo fence
Figure 1 - Bamboo fence

Bamboo is not wood it is a grass, which renews itself in less than 5 years, making it a very environmentally friendly material. Bamboo fencing is extremely strong the Bamboo itself is much harder than cedar or pine with a Janka rating of 1410.

Bamboo fencing can be adapted to almost any type of landscape theme. Bamboo fencing can be used in the harshest of climates. It has successfully withstood snow storms, hurricanes, high levels of UV, and flooding.

The bamboo fencing material is usually sold in rolls, as shown in Figure 2. Each reed of Bamboo is connected to the adjacent reed using copper wire. This allows the bamboo fencing to be used over other types of fencing such as chain link in order to provide privacy.

roll of bamboo fencing
Figure 2 - Roll of Bamboo fencing

In new installations it is common to provide a more traditional fence appearance, as shown in Figure 1, by building a frame using 4 x 4 posts and 1 x 4 horizontal lumber, as shown in Figure 3, and then attaching the rolled bamboo fence to the frame as shown in Figure 4 and then creating another frame over it, as shown in Figure 5.

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Figure 3 - Bamboo fence frame
bamboo fence frame partially covered with Bamboo reeds
Figure 4 - Bamboo fence frame partially covered with Bamboo reeds
bamboo fence frame partially covered with Bamboo reeds
Figure 5 - Bamboo fence framed

Bamboo fencing does not have to be purchased as rolls. Bamboo fencing can also be purchased as polls in 2 inch and 4 inch diameter as shown in Figure 6 and can be purchased as 1/2 slats, as shown in Figure 7.

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Figure 6 - Bamboo fence posts
bamboo half slats
Figure 7 - Bamboo 1/2 slats

If you are considering a new fence, you should consider moving away from traditional materials and installing a Bamboo fence.