Well now that Lindsay Lohan is doing it……
To escape the paparazzi and prying eyes of law enforcement, Lohan spent the last days of her house arrest behind a rooftop bamboo fence. Privacy aside, there are many reasons that a bamboo fence may be the right choice for your backyard. Bamboo fencing adds a sustainable feature to your garden and is (in my opinion) more beautiful than standard backyard fencing.
If you live in an area prone to bad weather, bamboo is a strong and durable option to help shield your yard from strong winds. You can purchase bamboo fencing at a local nursery or home improvement store or plant your own bamboo border! Just make sure you have the patience and time to wait a few years for the bamboo plants to reach full height and form an effective barrier.
If fencing isn’t what you’re looking for, consider adding bamboo as a border along a garden pathway or flower bed. Try using the dark brown moso bamboo in random sizes from 6 to 12 inches high. This edging is also available at nurseries or if you are making your own, simply drill holes on each side of the bamboo and connect with galvanized wire. Unlike other borders available (whether plastic or metal), this border helps keep grass at bay and away from your walkway or the rest of your garden.
If you’re starting a second round of vegetable planting, now’s the time to add a bamboo tomato cage or bamboo pepper support. Bamboo poles also make an excellent stake for your bean plants in the form of a tepee. Take three pieces about 6 – 7 feet long and tie them at the top with some twine. Make sure that you are planting pole beans though. If there are no beans in the garden, use the tepee for peas!
Bamboo screens are a beautiful and practical addition to your garden as well as a bamboo trellis! The lattice panels of the trellis are perfect for climbing vines such as clematis, morning glories and sweet peas. Or, in our garden, we use the trellis for our climbing roses. Slightly more complicated to build, many might find it easier to check out a local nursery for the sustainable bamboo product.
If your garden is suffering from this extreme heat wave or the hail from all the thunderstorms rolling across the country, it might be time for a bamboo shade screen. I’m building one next week to see if my next round of vegetable plantings can survive this Southern heat!
Visit Green Earth News Bamboo Crafts section on the 3rd Wednesday of each month for new project ideas and to see how the bamboo shade structure turned out!