Showing posts with label Bamboo Fence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bamboo Fence. Show all posts

6 fast-growing evergreen hedge plants in the UK

In the UK, many hedge trees and shrubs are either evergreen or deciduous. Some lose their leaves in spring whereas others remain evergreen, including the bamboo plants. 
What are the fast-growing evergreen hedge plants in the UK? Here we take a look at 6 evergreen, fastgrowing hedge plants. Bamboo, Green Leylandii, Photinia Red Robin, Western Red Cedar, Portuguese Laurel and Beech. 

evergreen, fastgrowing hedge plants  - Bamboo Green Leylandii Photinia Red Robin Western Red Cedar Portuguese Laurel Beech
 

6 fast-growing evergreen hedge plants

Most hedging plants are evergreen except Beech which loses its leaves in Autumn. 

The beech tree has tightly packed branches that still provide the hedging cover in Autumn and Winter, except for the greenery. 

Of the 6 plants, bamboo is the only grass variety among the fast-growing evergreen hedging plants.

fast-growing hedge plants UK - Bamboo Green Leylandii Photinia Red Robin Western Red Cedar Portuguese Laurel Beech

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Source: RHS, Woodland Trust, et all.

Tips for selecting the right hedging plants

(The article All you need to know about Selecting Bamboos for Hedging and Screening also provides additional information on the different bamboo plants. Check out the article linked)

easy guide for selecting bamboo hedging plants UK

Where to buy hedging?

We work with some big UK home and garden brands. 

Check out the links to go straight to their website where you can find out about the hedging plants we feature in this article.

Fast-growing evergreen hedge plants

We know that bamboos are among the 6 fast-growing hedge plants in the UK. 

They are at the top of the group of evergreen hedging plants and come in various shapes, sizes and colours. 

They will require some care and attention as they grow. 

If you want a quick hedge, bamboos are definitely a better option.

Bamboo fence rolls for windbreak and privacy screens

The bamboo fencing rolls provide quick covers from unsightly structures and give the outdoor spaces a natural appearance. It is easy to set up. 

In this article, you'll find out how to build an ideal windbreak or privacy screen using bamboo fence rolls.  

Buy tall bamboo fencing rolls at Thompson and Morgan

bamboo fence roll UK

Tools and materials

Here are 10 tools and materials you'll need to put up the bamboo fencing rolls. Tools: (Check out Bamboo Digging and Cutting Tools)
  1. Shovel
  2. Hammer
  3. Handsaw
  4. Secateurs
  5. Tape measure
Materials:
  1. Nails
  2. Cement
  3. Cable tie/wire
  4. Round treated posts
  5. Bamboo stains/Fence paints. Get them at B&Q DIY
  6. Bamboo fence screening panels/bamboo fencing rolls. Get them at Crocus UK

Build strong a bamboo fencing

The bamboo screening panels and rolls are beautiful products, they attach easily to existing fences. 

The screens are also strong enough to use as standalone fences. 

Use a few supporting 2 x 1 round posts at intervals to build the frame for the bamboo fences. 

The bamboo screen rolls range from 1 metre to 4 metres high with variable widths. 

It's up to you to cut the bamboo rolls to fit sections of the fence.
When cutting the bamboo rolls, be careful not to destroy the wire loop. In addition, paint the bamboo rolls with bamboo stains or fence paints
As mentioned earlier, a bamboo screen can last up to 10 years, even more, if it is well protected from the elements. 

Many bamboo fence screening customers prefer the 1.5 metres and 2 metres bamboo screening panels/rolls for fences that are 3 metres to 6 metres tall.

Check out How to Build Bamboo Fence like a Pro for quick tips.

Bamboo fence rolls for windbreak and privacy screens

There are two common ways to set up bamboo privacy fencing, either attach them to an existing fence or as a standalone structure. 

In brief, an ideal bamboo fence screening should
  • be treated to protect against wind and weather;
  • cover the designated area or cut to fit perfectly;
  • be well packaged and delivered to the customer; and
  • have strong structural support.

How to set up a bamboo fence like a pro

Putting up a bamboo fencing roll as a windbreak or for privacy screening can bring the best out of small areas. They are quick to set up and provide the instant cover you need. 

It can cost £150 - £180 to get it done for you. Find out how to do it yourself. 

Use bamboo rolls to build fence screening

Here are steps for building a standalone bamboo screen or attaching bamboo rolls to fences and existing structures.
  1. Measure the length and width of the designated privacy screening area (Take note of bends or any adjustments).
  2. Order bamboo fencing panels and treated posts (according to how many you’ll need from your measurement in Step 1)
  3. Dig the soil and set the posts in place (You may have to cement the posts to provide additional strength).
  4. Build a strong frame connecting the treated posts.
  5. Cut to length and width of the screening area (Some DIYers prefer to cut the bamboo splits after the bamboo splits are in place).
  6. Tie the bamboo rolls with cable ties or wires to the mainframe (in Step 4)
  7. Tidy the edges of the bamboo fence screening rolls and clear up.
bamboo fence rolls screen

Use treated posts with bamboo fencing rolls

Ideally, the round-treated posts tend to match the roundness of the bamboo stick, unless the bamboo screens are splits. 

Use a strong post that you think will go well with the bamboo panels. 

Choosing a good fence post is important for building a new standalone privacy screen. 

For a strong support system, the posts should not be too close or further apart - too close and you’ll need more posts, further apart and the structure will wobble. 
An interval of 1 metre or 1.5 metres between the pillar posts is ideal.

Select the best bamboo fence roll 

The bamboo fencing screen is quick to set up and lasts longer. 

The bamboo fencing rolls, splits and splits are great products for fencing screens. 

 The main problems with these products are mould and rusty weather. 

These problems are easily avoided when you do a good check of the bamboo fencing products prior to buying them.

Bamboo Screen Fence Ideas and Checks

Bamboo canes and strips are great fencing materials because they are durable and naturally resistant to the elements. 

They come in different lengths and heights, suitable for any fencing requirement. 

But, bamboo fencing rolls needed to be checked thoroughly before setting up. 

In this article, we take a look at ideas and checks you should do when using bamboo for screen fencing.
These quality checks will help you to avoid any disappointments after setting up.
bamboo fence screening panels
 

How to set up a bamboo fence

There are two common ways to set up a bamboo fence, either attach them to an existing fence or build a standalone fence. 

An ideal bamboo fencing panels, bamboo fencinge rolls and splits should
  • cover the designated area;
  • be easy to cut to fit perfectly;
  • have strong structural support;
  • be treated to protect against wind and weather; and
  • be well packaged and delivered to the customer.

Buy 6ft/2m tall bamboo fencing rolls at Thompson and Morgan

Bamboo fence ideas and checks

The 7 DIY checks you should do before building a bamboo fence will help you build a stunning bamboo fence.

1) Dimensions of the bamboo fence

Find out both the width and the height of the bamboo screening product. 

Some retailers either only state the width or the height of the bamboo panel. 

Make sure that your know both the width and the height prior to buying the bamboo screen that can fit perfectly.

2) How is the bamboo delivered to you?

The bamboo fencing materials often gather dust and absorb moisture during storage. 

Moulds and rust can form very quickly when the bamboo screening supplies are stored longer in cool dark places. 

So always ensure that the products are delivered to you well packed and free of dust and moisture. 

Alternatively, pay a visit to your nearest DIY shop and check out the materials before purchasing.

3) Is the bamboo fence treated?

The untreated bamboo fence panels will blacken when expose to the weather. 

Also, the uncoated wires will also rust in time. 
The best thing to do is to ensure that the bamboo screening panels are treated, and panel wires are coated to protect the bamboo rolls. 
If treated well, these items can last up to 10 years, even longer. 

It is up to the shops to ensure that the brand-new bamboo screens are treated. 

But a clever customer should always ask about the quality of the bamboo screens before buying them.

4) Read the fencing instructions thoroughly

The bamboo fences are easy to put up but can be tricky to start with. 

You do not want to put it up and realise later that the fence is not standing up properly. 

 Read the instruction carefully before setting the bamboo screening panel.

5) Build 6ft/2m bamboo fencing to withstand the wind

Many bamboo fences are lightweight. They will collapse in strong winds if they are not set up correctly or in a windy site. To avoid that, set up the bamboo screens using strong posts.

6) Protect against weather and elements

Tall bamboo fencing, especially those built out of bamboo rolls, panels and spits, are susceptible to damp and wet conditions. 

The bamboo panels will eventually turn black or the wire rust when exposed to the elements. 

If this happens, repaint the fence with wood paints or bamboo stain.

7) Use stable lost posts as a support system

Bamboo rolls, panels and splits will require a firm support system. 

For a new standalone privacy screen, use treated (round) log posts to provide support and additional strength.

An updated version of this post is available here (How to use bamboo panels to build fence screening)

How to build a strong bamboo fencing

The bamboo fences and rolls are beautiful products. 

You can attach easily to existing fences, or use them as standalone fences with a few 2 x 1 round posts at intervals. 

The bamboo fences range from 1 metre to 4 metres in length with variable heights. 

The 2 m (6ft) bamboo fencing rolls are ideal for tall fences. 

You may have to cut to fit sections of the fence. 

Cut carefully so that you do not destroy the wire loop. 

Also, painted the bamboo rolls with bamboo stains or fence paints. 

As mentioned earlier, the bamboo screen can last up to 10 years, even more. 

Many gardeners and homeowners prefer the 1.5 metres and 2 metres bamboo screening panels/rolls to the taller ones. 

This is because they are well-spaced apart and provide great fence covers.

Bamboo fencing checks

In closure, ensure that the bamboo fencing materials are in good condition, well treated and can provide the privacy screening you want. 

Always, do the checks prior to buying the fencing materials online or check in-store. 

Bamboo sticks for plants in pots and garden

Find out about the uses of bamboo sticks

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What bamboo plants to grow in pots?

Bamboos are great standalone plants. 

They’ll look absolutely beautiful in pots. You can grow bamboo in pots for both running and clumping varieties.

Let’s have a look at what bamboos you can grow in pots, and their advantages and disadvantages.

How to find the best bamboo for pots?

best pot and container planters for growing bamboo in the UK

Most of the bamboo on gardenbambooplant.com are suitable for pots. We list over 100 bamboo plants that thrive in the UK. 

Each bamboo in the list is chosen based on its recommended uses, growth requirements and special features. 

We identified the features so that you can find the best bamboo for pots and in shade, part-shade or sun.  

Use the tips to identify the right bamboo.

What bamboo to grow in pots

We arranged most of them into groups to make it easy for our visitors. Here are some bamboos that you can grow in pots.
how to grow bamboo in pots
Bamboo propagated from rhizome cuttings

How to grow bamboo in pots?

The bamboos’ spread, height and other growth requirements are based on garden conditions, therefore, they will NOT grow to the specifications when in pots. 

As a rule of thumb, estimate a growth specification of 50%-75%. For example, a bamboo that grows to a height of 2 metres in the garden condition will grow to a height of 1.5 metres in the pot. 

 Ideally, use large heavy-duty pots. Remember that the size of the pots will determine how often to re-pot the bamboo. 
The larger the better. 
Smaller pots will require re-potting in less than two years given how fast bamboos grow. 

Check out this article for more information on how to grow bamboo in pots.

What pots to grow bamboo?

Bamboos are tough plants but are responsive to prolonged heat and waterlogged areas. Avoid using metal and ceramic pots. 

These materials store heat which can affect the underground parts due to heat exposure during the warm summer months. 

Your bamboo should be okay if you use a pot that does not store heat. 

Heavy-duty plastic pots, treated wood planters, or resin containers and planters will do the job. Another important factor is drainage. 

Use well-drained pots to grow bamboo plants. Avoid any pot that has poor drainage. 

The pots should be well-drained so that not too much water is lost in warmer months, and is not waterlogged when it rains.

What are the advantages of growing bamboo in pots?

Bamboo in pots offers tranquillity and creates a calming atmosphere both indoors and outdoors. 

You can grow both the running and clumping bamboos in pots, move them around and create an ideal home and garden space. 

The clumping bamboos are fantastic for large pots, while they prevent running bamboo rhizomes from spreading. 

They also offer flexibility for moving them around. For example, they can be given as presents or moved indoors to decorate patios, balconies and porches.

What are the disadvantages of growing bamboo in pots?

How to care for bamboo plants

The main worry about growing bamboo is the invasiveness. 

More so, it requires ongoing care and maintenance such as pruning, thinning and re-potting. 

Pots are great barriers when it comes to stopping bamboo from invading other spaces.

Growing bamboos in pots

The advantages of growing bamboo in pots far outweigh the disadvantages. 

The pots are great barriers when growing bamboo plants. So, use large heavy-duty plastic pots. 

They are best for growing bamboo plants. There is no limit to what bamboo you can grow in pots. 

You can grow both varieties and enjoy the evergreen plants all year round.

Conclusion (Can you grow bamboo in pots?)

Both running and clumping bamboos are amazing pot plants. Hope the related articles give you an idea about what bamboo you can grow in pots. 

Comment and let us know what you think. 

You can also follow us on YouTube and see our latest work in the Bamboo Garden.

Bamboo Plants Care - Do Bamboos Grow in Shade

Bamboo plants are undemanding and low maintenance, but neglect is the main cause of yellowing or curling leaves. This stress can result in losing your plants. In this article, you will find out How to maintain bamboo plants and revive them if the leaves turn yellow.

When working in the bamboo garden, you'll need these hand tools.

Care for bamboo plants

Bamboo plants are undemanding and low maintenance. They do not need much attention all year round, but they’ll appreciate a bit of mulch and water once in a while. 

The best time to attend to your bamboo plants is early in spring when the growth is prominent. 5 maintenance tasks you can do to care for your bamboo plants are:
  • Add mulch
  • Remove the old stems
  • Prune the old branches
  • Add slug pallets to protect new shoots
If you have not built a bamboo barrier, check out the article which is packed full of practical tips for building and maintaining bamboo root barriers.

  how to build bamboo root barriers Build a bamboo root barrier

When is the best time to maintain bamboo plants?

Bamboos are hardy plants. They like to rest in autumn and winter. The best time to maintain your bamboo plants is late spring. This is when there is a lot of activity under the ground. 

Prune the plants by removing the dead branches and stems. Add mulch to the grove. That’s all you can do. Your efforts will be rewarded early in summer with lots of new shoots and a vibrant bamboo grove.

How to revive bamboo leaves turning yellow or curl?

The leaves of the bamboo plants are a good indicator of the plants’ health. The leaves will show signs of stress if they are not happy by turning yellow or curling. 

Quick actions will stop the plants from dying completely. The main causes of stress in bamboo plants are lack of nutrients in the soil or waterlogged soils. 

Others include temperature variation and insect and dust infestations. Here is a detailed article on how to revive bamboo leaves yellowing or curling.

What bamboo plants grow in shade?

This is a question that we see appear many times in chats and forums. There is no need to worry about shade because most bamboo plants are shade tolerant. Though some bamboo plants prefer 5 – 7 hours of light, most bamboo plants will thrive in shade and part shade

As a general rule, you should plant the variegated, black bamboo, golden yellow bamboo, red bamboo and other coloured bamboo plants in sites where there is enough direct to indirect light. The colours are often more prolific in the light than in the shade.

Yet, the variegated and coloured bamboo plants will still do well in shade to part shade.

Here is an example of bamboo plants used effectively as undercover plants at Bleinheim Palace, Oxford, UK.

bamboo plants for shaded sites

Watch the video of the Secret Garden at the palace on YouTube.