Bamboo fencing can look great in any backyard. Regardless of what size your yard is, a beautiful bamboo fence can add style to it and create a more relaxing space for you to sit back and enjoy when you come home from work. Depending on the style of bamboo fencing that you choose, you can turn your old backyard into a tropical getaway or a zen-like garden. And in addition to its natural aesthetic appeal, bamboo fencing is also prized for being one of the most eco-friendly options as far as building materials go. Whereas the use hardwood materials contributes to the problem of deforestation, bamboo is one of the most easily renewable natural resources we have. Harvests yield over twice as much quality building material without damaging the bamboo forest ecosystem.

Bamboo Fencing Types

There are dozens of different styles of bamboo fencing. From the traditional Japanese woven bamboo fence to the more tropical fencing popular in tiki bars and island resorts, there is a style of bamboo fencing for almost any taste. Regardless of what look you're going for, though, most commercially available bamboo fencing is going to come in either rolls or panels, composed of bamboo poles (usually 1" in diameter) or thinner canes (about 1/2" in diameter), both tied together using heavy-duty steel wire.

There is also woven and split bamboo fencing. These also come in either rolls or panels. Woven bamboo is made with smaller bamboo canes and woven together in bundles to create smooth, tightly knit patterns. Slit bamboo fencing is made with the outer part of the bamboo cane and is held together with galvanized wire.

Installing a Bamboo Fence

You can actually install bamboo fencing over your existing fence if you have chain link or flat, hardwood board fencing. For a chain link, simply wrap the bamboo fencing around the existing chain link and attach it with heavy-duty galvanized steel wire at regular intervals. For flat board fences, do the same but use split bamboo rolls and attach them with stainless steel staples instead of wire.

Stand-alone bamboo fences are much harder to install but they're worth it. When buying bamboo fencing, you'll have to first install a vertical framework of hardwood poles. This is because bamboo poles can't actually go in the ground, as the moisture in the soil causes bamboo to rot. You might want to consult with an expert if you decide to go for a stand-alone bamboo fence.