How to Plant Bamboo as a Natural Fence

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  • 4-8 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 400-800
What You'll Need
Bamboo seeds
Wood stakes

Creating a natural fence out of bamboo plants is a unique and stylish way to organically enclose your space without the use of lumber. Growing a bamboo fence around your property is fairly inexpensive and a surprisingly simple task to accomplish. Planting bamboo instead of installing fence panels is a sustainable way to mark a boundary; not to mention, the bamboo plant itself provides a beautiful backdrop against which your other plants will contrast beautifully.

Step 1 - Determine the Path of the Future Bamboo Fence

Before you purchase any plants for your natural fence you should mark the route of the fence; enabling you to determine how many plants you will need. Marking the path of the fence will also provide you with a guideline when it comes time for you to construct the fence.

Use 12 inch wooden stakes and brightly colored rope to mark the perimeter of your fence. Tie the rope to the stakes and place them into the ground to create a visual representation of your future fence.

Step 2 - Select the Right Species of Bamboo

After you have planned out the route of your fence you should research the numerous species of bamboo available on the market. Choose a species that is suitable to be grown in your climate zone. A clumping variety of bamboo will give you the longest longevity and require less maintenance than running species of bamboo.

Since bamboo is a part of the grass family you can count on any species that you choose to grow at a fairly rapid pace.

Step 3 - Purchase and Plant Young Bamboo Plants

You should plan on purchasing one young bamboo plant (under two feet tall) for every foot of fence you have to fill. Once you have acquired all of your bamboo plants, it is time for you to plant them.

Use the rope and stakes that you previously installed as a guide and begin by digging a trench the entire length of the prospective fence. The trench should be 1 inch deeper and 2 inches wider than the pot that your bamboo was purchased in.

Your first bamboo seedling will be planted at the end of your trench and then used as a reference point for your next seedling. Remember that you want to plant the seedlings exactly one foot apart; to increase your accuracy use a ruler during this process.

Make sure that you spread the roots of each bamboo seedling horizontally in the trench before cementing them in place with soil and a quick watering in.

Step 4 - General Bamboo Fence Maintenance

Water your bamboo fence on a weekly basis during spring and summer; feel free to supplement the plants with organic fertilizer or mulch once a month. Cut back any bamboo foliage or shoots that stray from the line of your fence; consider transplanting these superfluous shoots into the empty space between your seedlings to fill in the fence.