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Bamboo Barrier is a diversion type control method with a smooth surface on the side facing your bamboo planting. It is made from HDPE, high-density polyethylene. Superior to metals because it will not rust and easier to install.
Bamboo roots typically travel in the first 12 inches of topsoil. Barrier are sold in 24" and 30" depths to provide extra protection from arrant growth.
There are natural methods to control bamboo. To find out more click here
|60 mil thick by 24" depth
$1.99 a linear foot
80 mil thick by 30" depth
$3.75 a linear foot
|Small to medium size bamboo in colder climates.||Medium to large size bamboos in warm climates.|
|24" Barrier Clamp $9.99||
30" Barrier Clamp $14.99
|Length||Price||Free Shipping||Length||Price||Free Shipping|
|20 Feet||$39.80||20 Feet||$75.00|
|25 Feet||$49.74||25 Feet||$93.75|
|30 Feet||$59.70||30 Feet||$112.50|
|35 Feet||$69.65||35 Feet||$131.25|
|40 Feet||$79.60||40 Feet||$150.00|
|45 Feet||$89.55||45 Feet||$168.75|
|50 Feet||$99.50||50 Feet||$187.50|
|55 Feet||$109.45||55 Feet||$206.25|
|60 Feet||$119.40||60 Feet||$225.00|
|65 Feet||$129.35||65 Feet||$243.75|
|70 Feet||$139.30||70 Feet||$262.50|
|75 Feet||$149.25||75 Feet||$281.25|
|80 Feet||$159.20||80 Feet||$300.00|
|85 Feet||$169.15||85 Feet||$318.75|
|90 Feet||$179.10||90 Feet||$337.50|
|95 Feet||$189.05||95 Feet||$356.25|
|100 Feet||$199.00||100 Feet||$375.00|
|105 Feet||$208.95||105 Feet||$393.75|
|110 Feet||$218.90||110 Feet||$412.50|
|115 Feet||$228.85||115 Feet||$431.25|
|120 Feet||$238.80||120 Feet||$450.00|
|125 Feet||$248.75||125 Feet||$468.75|
|130 Feet||$258.70||130 Feet||$487.50|
|135 Feet||$268.65||135 Feet||$506.25|
|140 Feet||$278.60||140 Feet||$525.00|
is sold in 5' increments, call for longer or specific lengths.
Barrier can be used along one side or can enclose bamboo for best results.
Measure area to be protected and allow for a three feet overlap if making an enclosed area.
Bamboo Planting: A trench or hole is dug and the barrier is placed inside with a 2" lip exposed. The bottom is left open to allow water to drain. Barrier is slightly closer to the bamboo at bottom and angles outward toward ground level. This slight slope encourages growth to turn upward. The barrier has a polished or slick side that faces the bamboo planting area to assist in turning growth. The bamboo is planted inside the barrier to control the bamboo.
Existing Bamboo Control: An established grove of bamboo can be difficult to control. The best way to control bamboo is to remove it ability to produce new canes. First it must be separated from
the colony by a barrier. This will eliminate its ability to derive energy from a source (neighbor bamboo) you cannot control.
Dig a trench deep enough to leave a 2" lip of barrier above the ground.
Install the barrier all along the area in which you want to control the
bamboo with the slick side of the barrier facing the bamboo grove.
Once the bamboo has been separated from the “mother” root system, the existing bamboo in the control area (your yard) must be eradicated. This is done by cutting down all the culms (canes) and then mowing all the new shoots that emerge. This process may take multiple cuts depending upon species, size and age of existing growth. This must be done vigilantly until the root system has exhausted all of it energy and dies.
A trenching machine can make short work if installing a barrier.
Step by step detailed barrier installation instructions, click here.
Are you making a complete enclosure? Clamps makes securing the ends together easy.
To see how to install and purchase the bamboo barrier clamps, click here
Annual maintenance is a key to controlling bamboo even with a root barrier. Rhizomes spread outward from the center of the plant in late spring, summer and fall. In the Fall when rhizome activity has ended clear the top edge of the barrier and inspect for any rhizome over-growth. If any rhizomes have gone over the top of the barrier cut them off and pull them out of the ground. If this procedure is done annually the rhizome are new, they are soft and easy to remove.
Eventually the bamboo will begin to fill the enclosed area and start to compete with itself for nutrients. This can be avoided with a good maintenance program. Pruning, fertilizing, and replacing some soil will keep your bamboo healthy.
|Thickness of 60 mil Bamboo Shield||Thickness of 80 mil Bamboo Shield|
|The polyethylene barrier has been made from recyclable post industrial regrind material when possible. Plastic thinner than 30 mil has been shown to crack when ground temperatures 24 inches deep get below -15 degrees F. This would be extremely cold and the thickness greater than 30 mil does great at handling very cold temperatures without damage. The plastic barrier has a better chance not cracking when frozen like other materials. Even concrete will freeze and crack over the years. Driveways are poured 4 to 6 inches deep to allow heavy vehicles passage and parking. Seldom are driveways seen without cracks. Concrete was used many years ago ( Byron Agriculture Station in Byron, Georgia) as a below ground barrier system and found to crack below the frost line allowing bamboo rhizomes to emerge through to the other side. One of the many myths of bamboo is its ability to crack solid concrete. While a clumping type bamboo may do this, given enough years, a running type bamboo just runs and does not usually apply the outward pressure of a clumping bamboo or hardwood tree.|
Bamboo is not magical, but persistent and its root system will eventually find cracks in concrete and emerge through them. If the environment ( sunlight & soil ) is suitable once it emerges the bamboo will grow if not terminated. The rhizome ( root ) when growing is very soft and flexible and will always turn when it encounters something harder. Furthermore, installation of a barrier will accelerate the grow of a bamboo screen. The growth will be more dense because of the confinements and stimulate the screening effect. The Bamboo Barrier in the 60mil x 24" width is our most popular size and we have been selling it for over 15 years without any reported problems.
Bamboo makes an ideal garden plant and grows quickly to provide privacy and beauty. There are many ways to control bamboo. On this page we cover the use of an in ground plastic root barrier. If you wish to know the other methods please visit our Controlling Bamboo Page which cover several other methods. Many designers and contractors are nevertheless hesitant to recommend bamboo to clients unless a root barrier is installed.
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