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How to Install a Bamboo Fence

Bamboo fences come in a variety of styles. They are durable, water resistant, and affordable.

Please note that the photos in this blog are not specific to the paragraphs. The photos are placed to show you a few options that exist and how they may appear.

The most common fence option is constructed of 1” diameter bamboo poles or 3/4” diameter bamboo canes. The sections of bamboo are positioned vertically, side by side and held together with heavy-duty galvanized wire.

Other popular options include woven bamboo, split bamboo (made of 1/2 thick slats tied together with wire) and reed fencing.

Woven and split bamboo fences can last up to 10 years. Many bamboo fences constructed of bamboo poles or canes have a lifespan of up to 20 years.

Bamboo fencing can be purchased in rolls or in panels. Our panels are generally 8 feet long, but will vary by  manufacturer. Fence heights also vary; ours are typically 3, 4, 6, or 8 feet high.

When installing a bamboo fence, always leave several inches of clearance under the fence to prevent contact with moisture in the ground, which can cause the bamboo to decompose and rot. To cut rolls to a specific length, use sharp wire cutters to cut the wires holding the bamboo fence together.

Installing a roll of bamboo fence over an existing chain link fence might be easier than using panels.

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Unroll the fence and attach it to the top, bottom, and then middle of the first post with 12-inch length pieces of heavy-duty galvanized wire. Pliers are useful to pull the wire through to the other side and twist the wires to secure the fence. Use 10-inch lengths of galvanized wire to attach the bamboo fence to the top and bottom horizontal stringers of chain link fence every 4 to 6 feet. Adjust the length of the galvanized wire as needed, depending on the dimensions of the posts and stringers.

When the end of the roll is reached, attach the new roll using galvanized wire at intervals of at least 12 inches. Continue fastening the bamboo fencing to the chain link fence until you reach the last post, adjusting the vertical alignment as needed. Wrap the bamboo fence around the corner of the last post and fasten it securely to the post with galvanized wire. To install a woven or split bamboo fence roll over a board fence, there is an option of using a staple gun to staple the bamboo fence to the board fence instead of attaching it with wire. Use stainless steel staples to prevent rusting.

When installing bamboo fence panels or a rolled bamboo fence as a stand-alone fence, it is necessary to construct a framework of vertical posts and horizontal stringers. Posts should be 4” x 4” in size and made of cedar or pressure treated wood to prevent rotting where they are in contact with the ground. Space the posts to accommodate the width of the panel or every 6 feet on center if using a fence roll. Install the posts in the ground in accordance with local building standards.

Panels generally have horizontal stringers already attached to the panel; however, if they do not, or you are using a fence roll, use cedar, pressure treated wood, or large bamboo poles for the stringers. If bamboo poles are used, drill holes in the bamboo to accommodate the galvanized wire prior to installation. For a 6-foot high fence, three evenly spaced horizontal stringers (2”x4” wood planks or bamboo poles) should be nailed or attached with wire to the top, bottom and middle of the post. Attach the bamboo fence to the frame using galvanized wire as described above for chain link fences.

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One thought on “How to Install a Bamboo Fence”

  • Superior Fences

    Great Blog about having economical and environmental way of installing fences. The idea of using bamboo as an alternative material from conventional fencing material is very innovative. Bamboo as a fence material is very sustainable in the long run making this kind of approach financially wise.

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