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How to build a deer, bird and insect netting for garden

You can use bamboo sticks to make garden hoops for netting. If the squirrels and pigeons get the garden berries before you, you might want to build a protective netting around the berries. 

The bamboo garden hoops are perfect for protecting the berries in the garden. 

Hope it gives you some ideas about how to build a simple, but practical, garden netting to stop deer, bird and insect netting from getting to you plants.

How to build a deer, bird and insect netting for garden

You will need x3 long bamboo sticks to go from one end of the netting to the other. This will set the length and width of the garden netting, so choose them carefully. 

Alternatively, you can tie the bamboo together to give you a longer length. Then, bend the bamboo stick into an arch shape, forming the bamboo garden hoops or loopers. 

These will now be the hoops for the garden netting. 

 You can put the bamboo hoops straight into the soil or build an elevated top cover, and throw the net over it, like in this YouTube video.
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This video shows how to build netting cheaply by using the materials listed in this article. All done in one day. 

After completing the hoops for the garden netting, spread the net over the top and use ropes to tie them in.

No need to use nails or cable ties, garden ropes will do. 

The idea is simple, but it works every time. Here are some practical garden uses of bamboo sticks.

Bamboo best natural garden hoops

The bamboo sticks are fantastic materials for making garden hoops for netting, incredibly flexible. They can fit into the spaces making it easy to create formidable nettings for small gardens. 

They are also best for arch-shaped netting. 

You can use them to make almost anything from building netting like this to using them as support for runner beans, sweet peas or any garden plant. 

Hope this article and the video guide give you an idea about how you can use bamboo to build garden hoops for your netting project, too. 

How to make garden bamboo hoops for netting?

The freshly cut bamboo sticks from the bamboo grove are easy to bend to shape. In fact, they are so flexible that you can make a nice arch shape and use them as hoops for netting. 

If you are using large bamboo stems, apply gentle heat to the stem and see the magic, the bamboo will bend easily.

Also, bamboo culms/stems will bend nicely from the bamboo grove. So, train them early on into a hoop while they are still young. For example, this big bamboo arch/hoop was trained into a hoop formed in the bamboo grove. Perfect for use in arching projects like this tomato frame.

benefits of bamboo plants

What bamboo plants are best for garden hoops?

There are many bamboo plants that produce long and narrow culms. The best bamboo plants for garden sticks are the Phyllostachys aurea and Phyllostachys bissettii. 

These two bamboos grow well in the UK, their culms are slender, tall and very strong. They produce better, bendable, bamboo sticks which make great garden hoops for netting. 

Other tall bamboos like the Phyllostachys vivax are also good, but they have large stems/culms, which are often hard to bend to shape.

Materials for bamboo garden netting

In this project, the main material is bamboo, others include old rubber hose and mesh wire. It is a simple idea, but it works out perfectly every time. 

Firstly, use bamboo sticks/hoops to build the mainframe. Then, put the netting over it. 

  • Garden net
  • Mesh wire
  • Garden rope
  • Bamboo sticks
  • Point Crowbar
  • Old water hose
Note: Freshly cut bamboo sticks are best for making garden hoops for netting because they will bend easily without breaking. 

You can substitute the materials for others you have in the garden, but the substitute for bamboo sticks can be hard to find.

List of materials, tools and garden essentials

Here is a list of tools, materials and garden essentials and where to buy them.

Materials/tools (Buy at B&Q)

  • Garden net
  • Garden hoops
  • Bamboo sticks
  • Chisel & Point Crowbar

Fruits and seeds (Buy at YouGarden)

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries and Blackberries
  • Black current and Gooseberries

Gardening essentials (Buy at YouGarden)

  • Composts
  • Fertilizers
  • Slug pallets
  • Pots and planters
  • Gloves

Potted bamboo plants (Buy at Crocus UK)

  • Phyllostachys aurea
  • Phyllostachys bissetti
How to build a deer, bird and insect netting for garden

Hope it gives you some ideas about how to build a simple, but practical, garden netting to stop the deer, bird and insect netting from getting to you plants.

Evergreen shade-loving plants like bamboo

There are many evergreen plants for shade, some are deciduous and others are evergreen. Only a few grow best in deep to light-shaded areas.

In this article, you will find out about the 5 popular evergreen, shade-living plants that thrive in pots and in the garden.

How to grow evergreen shade plants – pots or garden?

grow bamboo in pots and containers

Some shade-loving plants like the bamboo plants will thrive in pots and in the garden. However, not all the shrubs that grow well in shade will thrive in pots. 

The flowering shrubs have taproots that grow deep into the soil. This means that they do not like to be contained within pots and containers. 

Unless, of course, they grow in large planters and containers where there is plenty of rooting space. 

Evergreen plants for shade like bamboos

To put this article in perspective, here are some uses of the 5 shade-loving plants and suggestions for growing them.

The 5 Best Evergreen Shade Plants:
  • Bamboo plants,
  • Sarcococca,
  • Buddleia,
  • Viburnum tinus and
  • Ceanothus.
Read about the 5 plants and their features: 5 shade-loving popular plants

Shade-loving plants for pots

The shade-loving shrubs, unfortunately, will not do well in pots. They have taproots and like to root freely.

They will not do well in contained spaces like the pot, planters and containers. 

If you want to grow a plant in a pot and put it in a deeply shaded area, bamboo is a fantastic option.

Shaded hedge plants

There are many hedge plants, some are deciduous whereas others are evergreen like the 5 plants featured in this article.

The 3 best plants for hedging a shaded area are:
  •  Bamboo,
  • Viburnum tinus and
  • Ceanothus.

Hardy plants/shrubs for shade

Most evergreen plants are hardy, which means that they can tolerate frost and ice during the winter.

The 5 hardiest evergreen plants are:
  • Bamboo,
  • Sarcococca,
  • Buddleia,
  • Viburnum tinus and
  • Ceanothus.
Note that some buddleia cultivars are semi-evergreen or deciduous.

Check the plant description carefully when buying online or in-store.

Best garden plants for ground cover plants

The evergreen shrubs may not be the best ground cover, but they will require pruning to keep them in shape. These shrubs are beautiful ground covers when they are in full bloom.

The small Chinese Dwarf bamboos and variegated bamboos are best for evergreen ground covers. You can mix and match them to great effect. 

The 3 best ground cover plants are:

Sasa nipponica is an evergreen small bamboo evergreen plants for shade

Where to buy the evergreen plants for shade?

The 5 shade-loving plants in this article thrive under the covers of trees and buildings, where other plants tend to struggle to grow. 

They are also fantastic ground covers. You can buy these plants online from YouGarden or Crocus.

Shade-loving evergreen hedging plants

In addition to the 5 shade-loving plants for pots and gardens listed in this article, here are the top 6 hedging plants that thrive in shade. They have tightly packed leaves that last all year round. 

The groundcover, shade-login plants mentioned in this article, bamboo is the only grass variety among the fast-growing evergreen hedging plant. 

Also, the beech tree is deciduous. Read more about the 6 common hedging plants we covered in an earlier article here.

small bamboo plants for privacy

The 5 evergreen shade-loving plants for pots and gardens are Bamboo, Sarcococca, Buddleia, Viburnum tinus and Ceanothus.

Bamboo is well-known for being the fastest growing plant. And, the shrubs are popular for their scented flowers and contrasting colours, best for attracting bees and butterflies. 

We hope this article gives you some ideas about the evergreen plants for shade. Check out our website (GardenBambooPlants.Com) for more information in the common bamboo plants that grow in the in UK.

Tall bamboo sticks for plants

There are different types of bamboo plants that grow in the UK. Some are running and others are clumping bamboo plants. 
Find out about the bamboo plants that you can grow to get tall bamboo sticks for garden plants.

What matters the most is the thickness of the inter-cellular walls.

Thicker walls produce thick canes which are strong and reusable. Also, choose bamboo plants that have small stems and long internodes. 

In this article, you’ll find out about the 5 bamboo plants that have long and slender internodes, and thick cane walls.

phyllostachys aurea 

Best bamboo plants for garden bamboo canes

Here are some possible places to get bamboo sticks for plants online or in shops.
The bamboo canes are excellent stakes for garden plants. They come in different sizes and are often used for supporting vines, shoots and many other garden plants. The bamboo stems have different thicknesses. 

The best canes have long internodes with thick inter-cellular walls. (Diagrams of parts of running and clumping bamboo plants).

Grow the bamboo plants below. They have strong stem walls because the stem walls are thick, and ideal for use in the garden.
1. Phyllostachys aurea (Fishpole bamboo) - Running bamboo 
2. Fargesia murielae Standing Stone - Clumping bamboo 
4. Fargesia murielae Blue Lizard - Clumping bamboo 

Take a look at how some of these tall bamboo plants are grown inside root barriers and wall barriers - 25 different ways of growing invasive bamboo.

Uses of bamboo canes in the garden

You may have seen bamboo canes used in the garden. In fact, there are countless uses. You can use them as the support for runner beans, sweet peas, and flowers or as hoops for netting in the garden. 

As mentioned, the best bamboos to grow are the plants with thick canes. You will have endless supplies to use in the garden.

  Garden bamboo canes phyllostachys aurea Bamboo sticks for plants in pots and gardens.

Here are some garden projects where we use bamboo canes. The canes come from the bamboo plants that we grow in pots and along with the garden hedge and as privacy screens.

Follow the links for the details of each project. 

What makes a good bamboo cane?

Many garden bamboo plants in the UK are too big to use as bamboo canes or have thin stem walls.  The bamboos are great for the privacy screen and tall hedges, but not ideal for use as bamboo sticks. 

So, if you want to grow bamboo and use its canes, choose one of the 5 bamboo plants. The plants will produce an endless supply of canes. 

You can also use them for fencing, hoops and stakes for indoor plants. The uses are limitless. 

See how we use bamboo on our YouTube channel. This playlist has all the bamboo DIY ideas

The bamboo sticks are tall, slender, rounded, tough and strong. They are the perfect support for new plants, vines, beans and garden and pot plants that need stem support. 

 Bamboo sticks will last for many years. You can use and re-use the sticks, they are tough, firm and strong. They are also flexible, you can bend them to your liking and create amazing shapes and designs.

Do you have a useful plant in the garden?

Bamboo stems are fantastic alternatives to timber and plastic garden stakes. 

Grow the 5 bamboo plants for unlimited supplies of tall bamboo sticks for garden plants.

We would love to hear from you. Do you have a plant in the garden that you often use the stems like the bamboo stems? 

Let us know in the comments below. Here is another useful garden plant, Cordyline australis. Its leaves are fantastic garden ropes.

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.

Do you prune tomato plants and stop them from growing tall?

Pruning is not essential for the health of tomato plants. The plants will need the leaves and suckers to produce flowers and tomatoes. However, there are things you can do to maintain the plants’ health.

Prune the early leaves and side shoots to drive the nutrients to the main plants for better yields.

In cases where there are dense leaves and side shoots, selectively remove any that are struggling.

The best time to prune tomato plants is early in the morning. The fresh cuts will dry during the day, keeping the plants healthy.

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how to care for tomato plants - prune, water, sunlight needs
Tomato plants care

Read about how to grow and care for tomato plants.

How to stop tomato plants from growing too tall?

To stop the tomato plants from growing tall, remove the main tips higher up. 

Use a pair of secateurs or scissors to prune the delicate tips. The best time to do that is to wait until the first flowers emerge.

Naturally, tomato plants are perennials. Though they are short-lived in the cooler regions, new suckers and flowers will still emerge as the plants grow taller.

Keep it neat and tidy but encourage more flowers. This way, you’ll get lots of tomatoes.

It is okay to snip off the tips if you are worried that the tomato plants are growing too tall.

About this blog.

Garden Bamboo Plants blog is a sister blog of the GardenBambooPlants.Com website, a site about garden bamboo plants. It is an extension of the website where we show how to use bamboo sticks in the garden. 

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How to cut bamboo canes without splitting

Bamboo canes are fantastic to have around. You can grow new plants for the canes or use them as sticks in the garden. 

They have many uses, yet care should be taken when preparing them as the splinters and slits can cause injuries to the exposed skin.

Find out how to cut bamboo canes without splitting.

how to cut bamboo canes without splitting

What is the right cane to take cuttings?

Young cane cuttings are not the best to propagate because they will not germinate. This is the same for the canes that are 5 years or older.

Choose healthy canes with new branches and fully grown leaves. Ideally, the canes that are 3 - 4 years old. They have the energy to grow into new plants when planted.

Check out the blog's archived articles on how to propagate bamboo plants

How to cut bamboo canes

You can grow both the running and clump-forming bamboo plants from the cuttings. 

Prepare the canes

  • Select bamboo stems that are 3 - 4 years old with a diameter of at least 2 cm.
  • Always cut the canes (stems) at 45 degrees with a hacksaw. Allow for two cane nodes and one internode.
  • Put the cuttings in water or shape to keep them fresh.

Plant the canes

  • Plant the cuttings in designated pots or in nutrient-rich soil, away from direct sun. Cover the nodes of the new cuttings with soil and mulch.
  • Leave the top of the cuttings covered, free from any soil or mulch.

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Tools for cutting bamboo canes

You will need a handsaw to cut the bamboo canes neatly. Check that you have these tools, or their equivalent, ready.

  • A hacksaw, 
  • Pair of secateurs or garden loopers.
  • A Sharp knife
Get the tools here 

Care should be taken when cutting bamboo canes. The new splits and edges are razor-sharp. A cut to the skin can be nasty.

Take care when cutting bamboo canes

The bamboos have tough rhizomes (underground stems) and canes (stems). 

The cuttings are likely to lacerate exposed skins. Take extra care when cutting them.

  • Caution: The hardy splinters and edges of the bamboo stems are razor sharp.
  • Cut to the exposed skin is highly likely.
  • Care should be taken when cutting the bamboo stems and rhizomes.

Hope this article gives you an idea about how to cut bamboo canes without splitting. 
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