How To Get the Maximum Life Out of Your Bamboo Fence
A bamboo fence is a great addition to any yard and an affordable way to spruce up or hide an existing fence. However, like anything else, your new bamboo fence will have to be maintained in order to get the most out of it. Here are a few easy steps to take to ensure your bamboo fence reaches is maximum life expectancy.
1. Every few weeks take a walk around the fence. Look for mold, rot, insect infestation or other pests and general damage. Be mindful of the base where moisture and vegetation are more likely to cause mold. For a taller fence, be sure to use a latter to inspect the upper sections and don’t forget to check wires or staples and screws for rust.
2. Every few months, sand rough sections of the fence with a fine girt sandpaper (180 or above). This is especially important if you have children or pets that use the yard as they are more susceptible to splinters and cuts.
3. If wires or metal fasteners have rusted or just gotten old, replace them with coated wire or rust-resistant stainless steel. Minor rust damage can be scrubbed away with a steel wire brush and treated with a lubricating spray.
4. If necessary, protect the fence and add sheen with an outdoor sealant or UV protective outdoor varnish. Be sure to wash it with a pressure washer or scrubbing brush first and let dry thoroughly. Then apply the seal generously and evenly. Repeat every year or two.
5. Make sure the fence stays at least 2” above the ground. If it has begun to sag, install more stainless steel fasteners where they were originally used to raise the fence back up or place a strip of wire mesh fencing between the bamboo and the ground.
Note: Fences constructed with bamboo canes smaller than 2” in diameter are less likely to crack in direct sunlight and will withstand harsher weather conditions. Larger diameter cane needs to be slowly acclimated to the elements and should not be used in direct sunlight.