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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!