Choosing the right fencing - Bamboo
fencing comes in different styles. The most common ones are
made of either 1" diameter poles or ½" diameter canes and
held together by galvanized wire. Another style is woven
bamboo, made of smaller canes held together in bundles.
There's also split bamboo, which consists of the outer
surface of the bamboo cane, also tied with wire. Aside from
looks, your choice of bamboo depends on how sturdy you
require the fence to be and the look you are hoping to
When you are putting in the framework, always make sure
to leave a few inches of clearance under the fence, so that
the bamboo is not touching the ground, as coming in contact
with its moisture will cause the bamboo to rot.
Installing on pre-existing fencing - Installing
this type of fence over pre-existing chain links is easier
than installing a stand-alone bamboo fence. For installing
over existing chain link, it is best to use rolled bamboo
fencing. You will be basically wrapping the roll around the
chain link fence, using heavy-duty galvanized wire to attach
it to the existing chain link. If you are using rolls of
woven or split bamboo or the typical flat panel, you can
install them over a standard wooden panel fence, pre drill
the bamboo prior to screwing to the fence, this will help
stop from splitting the pole.
Stand-alone bamboo fencing - Stand alone fencing
requires you to install heavy-duty poles as a vertical
framework for the fence. If you opt for this option, use
conventional wooden poles, as these will not rot from ground
moisture easily. When installing the vertical framework,
check that you are complying with local building standards.
Invest in a bamboo saw - During the installation
process you will, at some point, have to adjust the length
of some bamboo poles and canes. Using a bamboo saw will
ensure a nice, even cut and no jagged edges. If you need to
cut bamboo rolls, you can use sharp wire-cutters, to cut the
galvanised wire and remove the desired amount of poles.