There are many ways to go green and make a positive impact on the environment, from recycling to choosing locally grown produce to using compact fluorescent light bulbs.
One great way to go green is to use bamboo as a building material, and one of the most striking and the most practical uses of bamboo is in fencing. Choosing bamboo fencing is a smart alternative you can feel good about as it is highly sustainable, durable and beautiful.
Bamboo is the largest member of the grass-family and is one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth. Unlike trees, which can take decades to grow large enough to be used for building material, individual bamboo stems emerge from the ground at their full diameter and grow to their full height in just three to four months. Most bamboo shoots will continue to grow from the stalk at the point where they were cut, whereas trees must be replanted after they have been felled for their wood.
Because traditional hardwood trees take a long time to reach maturity, plantations have to be large in order to be economical. When the trees are cut down, the process is usually done in large swaths of forest, and while this is usually done as a regeneration harvest (meaning the trees are replanted), growth of new trees takes so long that it is akin to deforestation. In addition to being harmful to inhabitant animals, deforestation reduces the contribution of trees to the reduction of greenhouse gasses in the air. This is why choosing bamboo over traditional wood is a wonderful alternative and a great way to go green. Additionally, you can feel good knowing bamboo is grown without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Bamboo is aparticularly durable wood that can stand up to the elements: extreme hot or cold temperatures and high humidity levels. Because of this, bamboo fencing will last much longer than traditional fencing, such as cedar. Since the rounded canes permit the wind to pass through the bamboo fence, it is guaranteed to withstand even hurricane-strength winds.
Bamboos are also naturally resistant to invasive insects compared to other types of wood. Termites, one of the most common problems for traditional wood fences, cannot digest bamboo and therefore avoid it. Bamboo fencing will last decades, even in the harshest climates and the most notorious pests.
Bamboo fencing comes in a variety of aesthetically pleasing and eco-friendly design concepts that easily blend in to the landscape and bring a unique beauty to any enclosure. With its natural wood-grain style, bamboo can provide you with the privacy of a traditional fence while bringing an exotic tropical look to your yard. You can relax in its beauty while feeling good about yourself and your contribution to the environment.
In addition to their sustainability, durability, and aesthetics, bamboo fences are cost-effective and easy to install. If you are considering a fence for your yard, choose to go green and select the option that is best for you and for the environment: the bamboo fencing design concept. You can never go wrong with it.
Todd Huff is Charlotte Landscaper who works with Ultimate Greenscapes specializing in landscape design management. Todd has over three decades designing outdoor living spaces that utilize local plants and foliage to create sustainable, easy-to-care-for designs.