Rolled bamboo fencing is made of small bamboo reeds or split bamboo canes that are tied together into rolls, typically around 15 feet long and 6 feet high. As a fast-growing plant, bamboo is considered to be an environmentally friendly fencing material and one which weathers well, besides. Installing rolled bamboo fencing is easy, especially if fence posts are already installed. If you need to install the fence posts as well, it will be a little more time consuming.
Outline the fence's course using mason's string and use chalk to mark along the fence line every 6 feet.
Dig a 2-foot-deep fence post hole at each 6-foot chalk mark using a posthole digger. Manual posthole diggers, as well as mechanical post hole augers, are available for hire from garden centres.
Insert an 8-foot piece of 4-by-4 lumber into each post hole for the fence posts. Hold the level against the post and adjust until it is true vertical. Back fill the post hole with dirt, using a shovel.
Unroll the bamboo fence roll only to about 5 inches and set the edge of the roll against the face of the first fence post. The remaining roll of fencing should be unrolled toward the rest of the posts.
Drive six flathead nails through the bamboo roll into the post, one every foot. Unroll the fencing to the next post, pull it taut and secure it with nails on the second post.
Continue along the fence line this way. If a roll of bamboo fencing runs out between posts, don't try to join rolls midway. Cut off the end of the roll at the last post and start a new roll from that post to ensure the strength of the fence is not compromised.
Cut three pieces of wire to around 30 inches using wire cutters. Bend the wire into a "U" and poke the ends through the bamboo fencing around 3 inches from the top of the first post. Wrap the wire around the post tightly and repeat in the middle of the post and 3 inches from the bottom. Repeat on all remaining fence posts to ensure the rolled fencing is securely fastened.
Things you need
- Mason's string
- Post-hole digger
- 4-by-4 fence posts, 8 feet long
- Rolled bamboo fencing
- 1-inch flathead nails
- Galvanised wire
- Wire cutters