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Growing Bamboo As a Privacy Fenceby HomeRepairExpert.com
Fast-growing bamboo is a quick way to grow a living privacy fence.
Things You'll Need
- Garden hose
- Nitrogen fertilizer
Step 1Buy bamboo plants of a variety with a clumping growth habit. Check that the variety grows high enough to meet your needs. The light and water requirements should also be compatible with your climate. You'll need one plant for each 5-foot section of your planned fence. Buy the plants during late spring or summer, when you can transplant them immediately.
Step 2Loosen the soil to a depth of 3 feet along a 3-foot-wide row where you want the fence. Most bamboo requires well-drained soil rich in organic material. If you have sandy or clay soil, dig a 3-foot-deep hole for each bamboo plant. Dig the holes 5 feet apart. Set the soil aside and refill each hole about halfway with compost or well rotted manure. Replace some of the removed soil and mix the two layers.
Step 3Dig a hole 1 or 2 inches deep if you're planting rhizomes with little soil attached. If you're transplanting a potted bamboo with its soil, dig a hole as deep as the pot. Place the bamboo in the hole and fill the hole with soil. Lightly water the plant to settle the soil. Prepare the next planting hole about 5 feet away from the previous.
Step 4Water the row of bamboo often enough to keep the soil evenly moist until the plants are established. When rain is insufficient to keep the plants from wilting, water to a depth of about 6 inches once a week. Watering deeply, but infrequently helps this grass develop deep roots.
Step 5Apply nitrogen fertilizer once a month during the growing season. This encourages the bamboo to grow faster, providing a more effective natural privacy fence sooner. If you don't want to fertilize this often, apply the fertilizer once a year in early spring.
Step 6Prune the bamboo plants to the height you want by removing branches. With a saw, cut the underside of the branch where it joins the culm (stalk). Pull the branch off the culm. This leaves a clean cut. Cut down whole culms as needed to remove damaged plants or control the bamboo's spread. Cut the culms off close to the ground with a saw.
Tips and Warnings
- Clumping varieties of bamboo grow in clusters and spread more slowly than running varieties, making them easier to grow as a fence.
- Master Garden Products: Living Bamboo Fence
- University of Arizona Cooperative Extension: Growing Bamboo
- Jade Mountain Bamboo: Caring For Your Bamboo In The Northwest
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