How to Add More Privacy to Your Bamboo Fencing

A bamboo fence.
  • 3-5 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 200-2,000
What You'll Need
Bamboo fence panels
Fence posts
Hammer and nails
A-frame ladder
Tape measure
Helping hand
Evergreen shrubs
Flowering bushes

Bamboo fencing is probably one of the oldest and most cost-effective means to erect a boundary for a private area. In order to retain the privacy of your back or front yard, pool, or other structures you can now install a bamboo fence that blends with your construction style. Besides presenting a nature-friendly look, it also adds to the aesthetics of the property. Since bamboo fences are widely used, they are available in different sizes and styles.

Step 1 - Choose a Tall Fence

There is a wide range of bamboo fence styles. The preassembled range is in the form of bamboo rolls or panels with a maximum height of 8 feet. For added privacy and security this is the best choice. Also make sure that the poles in this fence style are close knit.

Step 2 - Erect Wood Posts

You need to erect support poles to install the panels. For this, dig 1 foot deep holes in the ground with a spade at a distance which is the same as the panel width. Make sure that these bamboo posts are taller than your panels so that the panels when fixed to the posts are at least 4 to 6 inches above the ground. For firm support, insert the poles in these holes and refill the sides with soil dug out from the holes. Use a string and measuring tape to check the evenness of the posts.

Step 3 - Fix the Bamboo Panels to the Posts

Each bamboo panel has small wood extensions fitted on each side at regular intervals. These wood extensions are hammered on to the posts with a hammer. Start from the top to retain the desired clearance from the soil. A helping hand will be required to hold the panel while you hammer the nails. Use an A-ladder to secure the panel at the top. Repeat till all panels are fixed. At the end you will have the private enclosure for which you installed the fence.

Step 4 - Planting Evergreen Shrubs and Flowering Bushes

You can choose from amongst evergreen shrubs for privacy screens or flowering bushes for a privacy screen. Flowering bushes is a good idea if the area you plan to plant them in receives a good amount of sunlight. Flowering bushes come in different sizes including tall, intermediate, and small.

You can choose the size according to the height of your bamboo fence. Blackhaw Viburnum is a tall flowering bush with a height of 12 feet to 15 feet and a width of 8 feet to 12 feet. Roses of Sharon come under the category of medium flowering bushes.

For loose borders, Compact American Cranberry bush Viburnum is a small flowering bush. If you want a year-round privacy screen then you should choose from amongst the ranges in evergreen shrubs. These shrubs and bushes planted against your bamboo fence would do great in screening out nosy neighbors and other people passing by.