Bamboo for Building and Inspiration

Bamboo has been used as material for roofing, walls, floors, scaffolding, and supports in the Orient and other places around the world for millennia, due mainly to its strength and wide availability. However, bamboo went through a period of neglect by modern builders, but with improved technology, this amazing plant is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, and new uses seem to be coming along every day.

One of bamboo’s strongest points is that it’s inexpensive, even though it’s superior in strength to many other traditional Western building materials. For example, bamboo buildings in Costa Rica withstood a serious earthquake that demolished other buildings several years ago.

India seems to be leading the way in much of the research being done into creating bamboo construction products. For instance, in 2001, the Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute began developing bamboo mat roofing materials that have allowed roofers to put on a strong, durable covering at a much lower cost than other roofing materials. India’s Bamboo Development Agency is also working on the development of bamboo concrete technology that shows promise, as well.

In India, bamboo has been used to reinforce roads, and bamboo has also been employed to create check dams and retaining walls in South America, but bamboo’s greatest potential may lie in its ability to become a timber substitute. With the world’s forests depleting, bamboo may soon become the main alternative to expensive timber in the construction trades. Here are a few examples:

After bamboo has been split and treated with glue, the resulting bamboo boards could be used for nearly any purpose where lumber is currently used. Bamboo that has been sliced into slivers, woven, and hot-pressed can be formed into a mat board that’s superior to plywood in both strength and durability. The same general technique can be employed to flatten round types of bamboo, which can then be hot-pressed and glued into strip boards and used as flooring for truck bodies, railway carriages, and containers of various sorts. The advantage to using bamboo is that the strip boards allows a larger unbroken breadth larger than could be achieved with most timber products that are available today. Those boards are also stronger.

The uses of bamboo seem to be growing exponentially, and will only continue to increase as modern technology makes more options possible for the age-old, yet futuristic building material. We’ve only scratched the surface of what this amazing plant can do.

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Bamboo Plants : How to Grow Bamboo in Shade

In order to grow bamboo in shade, it helps to do a number of tricks to provide the plants with more heat and light. Learn about adding organic material to help bamboo grow in shade with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on growing bamboo in the shade.

Expert: Yolanda Vanveen
Bio: Yolanda Vanveen is a third-generation flower grower and sustainable gardener who lives in Kalama, Washington. She is the owner of and has sold flower bulbs for more than 15 years.
Filmmaker: Daron Stetner
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**American Bamboo Plants** ++ Grow a Privacy Screen ++ Privacy Fence++ American bamboo is a native plant that grows in most states that gives fast growth that is dense enough to form a perfect privacy screen. The green color also produces a year round evergreen background, just right for framing flower beds and to grow as specimen plants in landscaped privacy screen backgounds.
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**Plant a Robert Young Bamboo Plant** ++ Clumping Bamboo Plants **

**Plant a Robert Young Bamboo Plant** ++  Clumping Bamboo Plants  ** Robert Young Bamboo is one of the brightest plants in the landscape. The brilliant yellow banana color of the bamboo poles sparkles in the darkest areas of your yard and green stripes appear randomly up and down the canes. If you are looking for a fast growing cold hardy bamboo, Robert Young easily withstands frigid temperatures of minus five degrees Fahrenheit and it survives snow and ice storms in Massachusetts. The Robert Young bamboo is very fast growing into clumps and rapidly grows into a great privacy fence with beautiful oriental exotic appearance. The unpleasant rattling sounds from automobiles and harmful fumes from car exhaust pipes will be absorbed the the dense clusters of canes and leaves growing on the Robert Young bamboo. The Robert Young bamboo plant will rapidly grow to a height of 50′ into dense thickets of clumping bamboos. If you are looking for a beautiful indoor, potted, or containerized plant the Robert Young bamboo is a perfect choice for growing in a planted as an exotic specimen. If you order your Robert Young bamboo plants, don’t forget Ty Ty Nursery is offering for a limited time free shipping and that means a 25% discount on your order! We can ship your order right away and quickly deliver a box of Robert young bamboo plants at your doorstep directly. Remember to order by phone! Planting a Robert Young Bamboo specimen near your home provides an excellent source of securing a privacy block or a privacy living fence, Bamboo is very fast growing, growing up to 30 feet per year and a maximum height over 100 feet.
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Types of Bamboo Fencing

There are a lot of different styles of bamboo fencing, and choosing the right one for your back yard depends on your taste and the kind of décor you’re looking to achieve. Almost all commercially available bamboo fencing will come in either rolls or panels. The most common kind will be made of long poles with a diameter of approximately 1″ or of thinner canes about ½” in diameter. These poles or canes will be held together by heavy-duty galvanized wire.

This kind of framework, rolls and panels come in woven bamboo also. These consist of smaller canes held (usually also by wire) in bundles. Another style of bamboo fencing is called split bamboo fencing, made of the outer half of the bamboo cane and held together by wire. Bamboo fencing made of woven or split bamboo, however does not last as long as fencing made of sturdier poles or canes.

Now, these are just the basic styles of bamboo fencing, the ones most commonly available commercially. But bamboo fences have been fundamental components of Asian and Asian style courtyards and gardens for hundreds of years. There is a plethora of more specific styles, some which are simple and some which can be enormously intricate. Here are a few popular ones that come from the Japanese architectural tradition. All of them use a dark twine called shuro nawa to hold small bamboo poles together.

Misu – This is a kind of screening fence that uses horizontal bamboo poles like slats, installed on a vertical support structure of posts on either side of the fence.

Kenninji – This style is a classic screening fence style with no gaps between panels or poles. The bamboo panels are supported by half-round rails attached with dark twine.

Twig fence – This is a much less traditional and simple bamboo fencing style. It is basically bundles of bamboo twigs attached to horizontal or vertical support posts. A casual, tropical look.

Yotsume – Yotsume is an open-style fence consisting of broad horizontal rails supported by pickets. Its surface appearance shifts depending on the angle from which you look at it.

Royanji – This is a shorter fence suited especially for gardens. It consists of a lattice of narrow bamboo shoots connected to top and bottom rails, which are supported by posts on either side of the fence.

When you decide which bamboo fencing you want in your yard, remember the are great quality places to purchase bamboo fencing.