How to Plant a Natural Fence with Bamboo

Green bamboo growing outside

Fences are a great way to create some privacy between your yard and your neighbor’s, but traditional fencing is usually quite pricey to purchase and install. That’s where a natural, affordable, and charming alternative to regular fences comes into play: bamboo fencing. This is an alternative that you plant yourself, creating a natural barrier between your yard and someone else’s. Below, learn more about this idea and how to plant your own bamboo fence for the privacy you yearn for along with the charm and beauty of incorporating another natural element into your yard.

The Benefits of Having Bamboo in Your Yard

There are a host of benefits to having bamboo in your yard. First, there are over 1,000 different types of bamboo, available in a range of heights and colors. The different varieties of these plants also have differing growing habits and needs when it comes to temperature and sun exposure. Regardless of where you live or how your yard is situated, with so many different variations of bamboo, it’s practically guaranteed that there’s one to suit your needs.

Another benefit of bamboo is that it’s quite resistant to pests. Animals such as deer do not typically eat this plant and other mammals such as rabbits usually won’t mess with bamboo, allowing your fence to stay intact.

Finally, bamboo also has environmental benefits as it is known to absorb greenhouse gases and then release oxygen into the atmosphere. Because bamboo is one of the world’s fastest-growing plants, it has a quicker harvesting time than most other plants. This makes this a more renewable resource and the root system of bamboo prevents soil erosion.

How to Plant Your Bamboo Fence

Bamboo garden

Now that you’re excited about all the great aspects of bamboo, you’re probably wondering how to plant your own bamboo fence.

Step 1 - Plan and Measure

The first step to preparing for any kind of fencing in your yard, including bamboo, is to plan where it will go and measure the space. Since bamboo plants usually have wide roots, you should avoid planting it any closer than one and a half feet away from any other underground structure.

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Decipher What Bamboo Species is Best for You

For this step, you’ll need to conduct a bit of research. There are many varieties of bamboo, and there’s likely one that will thrive well in your particular yard and climate. Figure out which variety matches the criteria of where you live so that you can ensure that your fence will live a long and healthy life. In choosing the ideal bamboo for your yard, consider how rapidly it grows and how tall it can grow to be.

You’ll also want to choose a bamboo species that is the right style for your yard. The color of bamboo can differ from one species to another and for some varieties, the color of its leaves can change in the autumn and then fall off for the winter.

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Purchase Your Bamboo Plants

Once you’ve decided on the variety you’ll use, visit your local nursery to purchase your bamboo plants. The most affordable option is to use younger plants, but it’s important to consider the fact that these will likely take approximately three years to reach their “matured” height.

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Map Out Planting Spots

You’ll likely want to create your fence out of bamboo plants that you purchased in pots, so map out where these plants will go. It’s entirely possible to create a dense fencebetter for privacy purposesas bamboo does well when planted close together. Allow between one and three feet in between each potted plant as you map out where they will go.

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Dig Holes

Digging holes in the grass with a shovel

Now that you know where each plant will go in the ground, prepare the holes for your bamboo. These should have a diameter that is about two times the diameter of the root ball. The height of the hole should be able to fully accommodate the root ball, plus a few inches.

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Add Compost

Add compost to the bottom of each hole to create a solid base for your plant.

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Add the Plants and Fill with Soil

Add a bamboo plant to each hole and secure it in by filling the hole with soil. Keep in mind that bamboo does best in well-draining soil.

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Add Mulch

For the best results with your fence, spread two or more inches of mulch on top of the ground of the plants. Bamboos do best when they are moist, and this layer of mulch will allow the plants to retain moisture easily.

Maintain Your Fence

Going forward, water your bamboo plants about one or two times a week, especially for the first three to six months after planting. Ensure that the plants have a layer of mulch at all times to keep moisture towards the roots, which prompts successful bamboo growth. While you don’t need to trim bamboo leaves for the health of your plants, you can if that creates the aesthetic you’re going for.

Don’t waste your money on a traditional fence when you can easily create your own natural and effective bamboo fence in your yard.