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Why Your Next Fence Needs to Be Bamboo

bamboo fence After months of cold, spring is finally here. Spring is the perfect time to embark on home improvement and DIY projects. Most people will spend their time fretting over fertilizer brands and flowers to plant, but if they really want to do a solid DIY home improvement project, they would revamp their fence.

Fences aren’t just essential for dividing properties; they also add some serious value to your home. You may be imagining lacquered wood, plastic, or maybe even chain link right now, but if you want fencing material that is durable and will look beautiful for years to come, you should consider bamboo poles and fencing.

Bamboo isn’t just for tiki-bars, and is an especially appealing option for fencing. This is because . . .

Bamboo is a green fencing material

If you’re concerned about the environment, bamboo is your go-to for fencing. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, making it an incredibly renewable resource. It grows so fast that it can be harvested and turned into wood pulp and materials in only three years. Typical wood like cedar can take a whopping 30-50 years to be harvested again. Bamboo also doesn’t require a lot of water to grow, which means fewer associated resources wasted.

Bamboo is affordable

You know how we mentioned before that bamboo grows very fast? Since it thrives so well and in such abundance, bamboo one of the most affordable fencing materials available. Many other traditional fencing materials cost more due to their costly manufacturing and/or farming processes.

Bamboo is stronger than wood

Let’s clear up one big misconception about bamboo: it looks like wood, it feels like wood, but it actually isn’t wood. Bamboo is actually a very hardy kind of grass – so hardy, in fact, that it’s actually stronger than most kinds of wood. Bamboo has been used to build homes, bicycles, and other structures because of its strength. Bamboo also has the added benefit of being naturally termite proof. Termites are incapable of digesting the high amount of silica found in bamboo, so you won’t have to worry about them snacking on your new fence.

At Fence Center, we offer bamboo poles and rolls of fencing so that you can create a private, stylish yard. Take a look at these and our other fencing options and find the one that’s right for you!

The History Of Bamboo

bamboo (2)Bamboo is synonymous for its unmistakable look, Asian flair and high strength qualities, but do you know about its’ history and origins? Bamboo was first recorded in use about 5000 years ago in ancient China where it was often used to build tree houses. Dating back to the Han Dynasty in 206 to 221 B.C., bamboo was used to make paper and books while fast-forwarding to the Ming Dynasty (1386 to 1644), it was used for bedding and flooring. Bamboo has been put to use in a variety of ways and even has some practicality in Chinese medicine and cuisine.

Environmentally Sustainable

Wherever you come across bamboo, it’s becoming a part of our lives more than you may think because there is a bamboo alternative in almost every industry from clothing to dishware to furniture. This versatile plant is technically considered a type of grass yet it has more strength and integrity than wood and even some steel alloys. It has a higher compressive strength than brick and concrete, too. Interestingly enough, bamboo grows faster than any other kind of wood plant in the world, making it one of the most sustainable plant species around. Certain species of the plant can grow up to 35 inches in a matter of 24 hours! Generally speaking, the plant can reach maturity in five years while some popular hardwoods can take up to 120 years to reach maturity.

Everyday Use

It’s a given that bamboo is becoming more popular, as it has great eco-sustainability, which is why so many products are now made with the plant. Take for instance the Japanese martial art of kendo, bamboo is used to craft arrows, bows and swords for the practice. You may also find it in musical instruments such as panpipes and flutes in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. A very trendy use the woody plant is used to construct bamboo fence rolls – this type of fencing material typically last longer and weathers better than traditional wood fences and is naturally termite resistant. Additionally, in 1979, a group formed the American Bamboo Society where it provides general information about the plant, research support for new species and more.

It’s quite obvious that bamboo has made its’ way around the world with many different uses. From bamboo fence rolls to bamboo wine to bamboo furniture, this versatile plant serves useful in a number of ways. Whether you are fencing in your property or are trying an exotic wine, bamboo is becoming more mainstream everyday!

How to Get the Most Out of Bamboo Fencing

bambooBamboo fencing is becoming increasingly popular, in part because of how many different ways it can be used to create tasteful, natural fence lines. The most common form of bamboo fencing is the bamboo fence roll. Bamboo fence rolls are essentially a line of vertical bamboo poles that are connected by hidden wires and rolled up for storage and shipping. Once you get them to your, yard you can simply unroll them directly onto your fence supports, adding your bamboo in just minutes. Although easy to assemble, bamboo fence rolls look as if you hand attached hundreds of bamboo poles one by one. This combination of ease and elegance has made them popular.

But many homeowners aren’t sure how to get the most out of a bamboo fence. They can appreciate how beautiful bamboo looks in the yards and gardens of others, but since it isn’t a traditional landscaping material in the west, it can be hard to imagine how to put it to use in your own yard. Here are a few tips that can help you get the most out of bamboo fence rolls:

  1. Bamboo fences work especially well with Asian-inspired landscaping – You don’t have to go all-out Zen garden to make your bamboo fence look at home, but it can help to add a few other elements that complement the eastern feel. For example, a Japanese maple, an Asian statue or a small koi pond are all excellent elements in almost any garden, and help make your bamboo fence look at home.
  2. You can frame a bamboo fence to change the way it looks – We’ve seen people use large wooden fence posts that break up the bamboo, as well as add a top stringer or top and bottom stringers that give the fence a more framed look. Give these framing elements a dark, contrasting color to really set off the bamboo.
  3. Bamboo fences don’t have to be tall privacy fences – Shorter bamboo rolls are available and can be hung over chain link fence or a metal deck railing to provide a beautiful, peaceful feel to an otherwise drab space.
  4. Weatherproofing your fence will help keep it looking pristine – Bamboo can lose its blonde color over time, so consider adding a clear acrylic weatherproofing coat to keep it looking like new.

These are just a few tips, but there are hundreds of ways to put bamboo fence rolls to work in your yard. How are you planning to use bamboo fencing?

Decorating Your Pool Area in Style

Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner. With the warm weather starting to roll in, it is time to start thinking about pool days! If you live in a home that has a pool and love entertaining guests, you should consider new ideas for how to decorate the area. Here are some great suggestions from Fence Center for accentuating the space:

1.  Accent the Pool – You can give an exotic, tropical or east-Asian look to your pool area by simply using the fencing and enhancing it with the appropriate accents. For instance, pagoda-shaped path lighting and the careful placement of a Japanese maple could give your pool area the air of a true Japanese garden. There are several types of bamboo fencing to choose from for this or other looks, so take the time to consider your options. In addition, a bamboo fence is often stronger and longer-lasting than many other natural options, so you’ll get many years of use out of it.

2.  Select outdoor furniture that will fit nicely around the pool – Don’t overcrowd the area and don’t pick out too many pieces. Arrange the furniture so that you can move around easily. Make sure to place the reclining chairs in the sun for sunbathing.

3.  Purchase an outdoor table set with an umbrella – Set up a barbecue grill near the seating area for cooking up hot dogs and hamburgers. If you are going to choose chairs with cushions, make sure they are waterproof for when it rains. Consider buying a weatherproof chest or box that you can put the cushions in, if the cushions you fall in love with aren’t made to withstand the weather.

4.  Decorate your pool deck with tropical-themed decorations – Put flowers and plants in colorful vibrant pots in different areas around the pool. Consider planting flowers around the fence, as well. You could even buy a fake palm tree to place in one of the corners of the pool deck.

5.  For nighttime entertaining, place a few tiki torches around the perimeter of the pool – You could also string lights along the fence for additional illumination or hang globe lights or Chinese paper lanterns for parties. Put a few glass lanterns around on tables or buy colorful candles – and don’t forget the citronella, since the bugs love pools! Purchase an outdoor fire pit for cooler summer nights. You can opt for anything from a simple round, stainless steel fire pit to an elaborate chiminea in stone or terra cotta.

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Not only does a swimming pool increase the value of your house, it also provides an entirely different section of the home to congregate with family and friends. Once you’re done decorating, all that is left to do is to sit back, relax, and soak up some sun!

Looking for an environmentally friendly way to enclose your yard? Consider bamboo fencing!

When considering the variety of materials available for a fence, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Chain link, traditional lumber, and wrought iron all have their advantages. Among the different options, bamboo fencing stands out as particularly advantageous. Not only is bamboo fencing an environmentally friendly option, it’s also extremely durable and highly economical. Read on to learn a few of the many benefits of bamboo fencing.

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A house with a bamboo fence gives the impression that the owners are conscious of their impact on the environment. The material is extremely sustainable when compared to other fencing options. Bamboo, which is actually not wood but grass, has been called the most environmentally friendly fencing material available on Earth simply because of the speed at which it grows. Bamboo can be harvested and made into wood every three years – compare that with a cedar tree, which can take as long as fifty years to grow to a point where it can be cut down for fence construction. Bamboo also yields more “wood” than trees; harvesting a regular forest yields twenty times less wood than harvesting a bamboo forest. Finally, bamboo can be harvested over and over again without harming the environment.

Bamboo fencing is durable

Bamboo fencing is the “iron man” of fences. It is twice as strong as a fence made from cedar, and can be as much as three times as strong as regular timber. In fact, bamboo fencing can withstand hurricane-force winds! This may be surprising given bamboo’s classification as grass rather than wood, but it’s true. In many places, homes are built from bamboo—which is chosen specifically for its durability. Even if it cracks or fades, bamboo fencing will remain strong, and it can last for up to twenty years if properly installed and maintained (Tip: Make sure your bamboo fencing is not in direct contact with the ground when it is installed; this can cause it to erode).

As an added bonus, bamboo fencing does not face infestation from termites. Termites can’t digest the high amount of silica found in bamboo.

Bamboo fencing is economical

You may be surprised to learn that, despite its many benefits, bamboo fencing is a cost-effective choice. As mentioned above, bamboo grows quickly and can be harvested frequently; therefore, it is extremely affordable. Compared to a vinyl fence, bamboo fencing will be far cheaper. The initial cost of a bamboo fence may be more expensive than a cedar fence—but keep in mind that it will last longer, reducing your long-term investment.

Do you have a bamboo fence? What other advantages have you found?

 

How to Create a Tropical Retreat in Your Own Backyard

For many, spending time in the tropics is a dream. The sea, the sand, the drinks, the relaxation, the palm trees — they all give us the break and relaxation that we need. But it’s so expensive to plan and take a trip to the tropics that most of us just don’t bother.  

 

The good news is that it isn’t expensive to create our own tropical paradise at home. Better yet, you can enjoy it for more than a week! If you have a deck or patio or are looking to build one, take a look at these suggestions to bring the tropics to you.

 

Start with the greenery

There are a whole host of tropical plants at your local hardware and gardening stores that would go a long way to giving your outdoor sanctuary a tropical feel. Though, there are a limited number of palm tree varieties that can withstand a northern climate, find the ones that can and take good care of them — you’ll have the biggest part of your summer garden all set up.

 

Bromeliads are a colorful and easy-to-care-for plant, which will enhance your space both indoors and out. They can easily be placed in decorative pots during the summer season and brought inside when it starts to turn cold.

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Some other great plants to invest in include calla lilies, bird-of-paradise, elephant ears, hibiscus, trumpet flowers, yucca, and anthurium.

 

Try some decorations

Two very popular decorations to consider include inexpensive fountains and tiki torches. Fountains are relaxing additions to a garden, and will create the illusion of being close to a tropical spring or small stream. Tiki torches have a very distinctive Polynesian feel and will help reinforce the ambiance you are looking for, especially at night. As a bonus, you can fill them with citronella oil to keep mosquitos away.

 

Fence it in

Once you have your tropical getaway set up, you’ll want to enclose it so that the outside world doesn’t intrude to break your fantasy. And what’s more tropical than bamboo? At a place like Fence Center, you can purchase distinctive bamboo fencing to put around your deck or patio. It’s incredibly sturdy and easy to install. Not only will it keep people from seeing inside, but it will provide the perfect way to ensure the sanctity of your tropical paradise.

 

Taking a vacation every evening when you get home from work is easy when your favorite vacation spot is literally in your own backyard. Do some Google image searches for more ideas. Almost everything you’d want inside of your bamboo fence will be at your local home store. Enjoy the summer!