Bamboo. It is great stuff. It is beautiful to look at, sounds neat in the wind, and makes a lovely privacy screen from your neighbors. You know the saying good fences make good neighbors (or good privacy screens make good neighbors). But if bamboo isn’t contained, those same neighbors you are trying to get some private time from end up calling me. I take a lot of calls from people who are angry at their neighbors for planting bamboo, and gone is the good fences cliché.
We’ve spent some time recently in our blog discussing bamboo with our friend Jerry Burton – what it is, its uses, and how to contain it. There were some general guidelines on the size of bamboo barrier that should be installed. And typically, when I talk to a prospective customer, I suggest speaking to one of the growers about the size barrier to use based on the specific type of bamboo they are planting. Having said that, DeepRoot’s general bamboo barrier specification calls for a 24” depth barrier that is 40 mil thick.
A quick sidebar on what mil thick means. A mil is a thousandth(s) of an inch. This unit is used to define the thickness of paper, film, or sheet. For example, many of the typical garbage bags you use are about 3 to 5 mil thick. Your credit card is about 30 mil thick, which gives nice a point of reference.
So even though we typically spec the 24/40 size, you should know that we have 5 sizes of bamboo barrier ranging from 18” to 48” in depth with varying mil thickness of 30, 40, and 60. Please refer to our entire selection of sizes. Usually the 30 or 40 mil thickness will suit the average homeowner’s needs for a privacy screen, and the most appropriate depth will depend on the type of bamboo you are planting. If the barrier is going in retroactively, the site (or bamboo rhizome depth) will determine the maximum depth of the barrier.
Most people assume that the thicker the barrier, the better. In all honesty, this isn’t always the case. Again, I always suggest talking to the bamboo experts (you will need to scroll down to almost bottom of the page). The most important part of the barrieris to use it and maintain your bamboo and you’ll make a great neighbor if you do that.
Image: Jerry Burton