Bamboo is a great product for making products for the home such as strand woven bamboo flooring, bamboo kitchen utensils and bamboo furniture. It is also great for the garden. This article will focus on how you can use bamboo for the garden.
Firstly, it is easy to grow bamboo in your garden. Bamboo grows naturally all over the world. Only Europe and Antarctica lack indigenous varieties of bamboo. Bamboo can withstand both the freezing cold as well as the steamy heat of the tropics. There are over 1,000 types of bamboo to choose from. These can be divided into 2 main groupings – running bamboo and clumping bamboo. Running bamboo, as the name suggests, spreads quickly and is great for creating privacy and shade in a garden. It can also be used to define a border. Clumping bamboo grows in tight groupings and adds a striking ornament to a garden.
You can grow bamboo in your garden from seed or from small plants. Bamboo plants are easy to establish and maintain. Bamboo has a natural resistance to pests and so can be grown organically. If you have a slope on your property bamboo is great for holding the soil together and preventing landslides.
Tests in Japan have shown that bamboo charcoal makes a good organic fertilizer. It keeps the soil at a suitable PH level for the growing of many plants and vegetables.
Another use of bamboo is for stakes and poles for growing such things as beans. Bamboo is strong and flexible. It can withstand the vicissitudes of bad weather and is inexpensive.
Bamboo also makes great fencing for a garden. It looks more natural and appealing than plastic fencing and it is more environmentally friendly than wooden fencing.
Finally, outdoor bamboo blinds and shades help to create privacy and shade in an outdoor area such as a patio, veranda or balcony. Bamboo shades also help to filter out the UVA and UVB rays from the sun. They make an outdoor area more appealing and can be bought for just a few dollars.
Bamboo is a very hardy and fast growing plant. It is also an excellent material from which to make a number of products for the garden.