Bamboo fence - strong enough?

Old 02-13-13, 06:21 PM
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Bamboo fence - strong enough?


Cursed with a short block wall I'm
weighing up my options for making it more private. An option I have is to build a new inner bamboo fence, within my yard.

Two reasons I like this idea are
the yard layout would accomodate it very well, and I already have most of
the raw materials. I have 8ft tall 2" diameter bamboo poles, and loads of 6ft
high reed privacy screening plus some other screening materials.

The crucial question I have is about the bamboo poles. I suspect they are strong enough to support a 6ft fence, because bamboo has one hell of a reputation for strength. But how far into the ground do they have to be set? 2ft down would be perfect, leaving 6ft above ground to support the fence. I imagine using some kind of concrete to "plant" them in.

So would 2ft below ground be enough?
And would the bamboo weather well outdoors?

Any advice would be great
Old 02-13-13, 08:47 PM
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My bamboo is good for about two years outside before it's time to be replaced. OK for garden stakes and my Gilligan's Island enclosure around blueberries but probably not want you want for a permenant fence.

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