Bamboo is a naturally strong, quick growing grass which is is quite easy to care for. This makes it an excellent material for staking up garden plants. Drying your bamboo before using it will help postpone rotting, allowing it to support your fledgling plants for longer. Although it is less durable, some gardeners prefer bamboo stakes to wire and other gardening supports because it harmonizes with a garden. The light brown color and natural look of bamboo fits in in nearly any environment.
Prepare a dry space out of direct sunlight for your bamboo to dry in. Bamboo can be dried in a garage, a shed or under the eaves of your house.
Use a fine-toothed saw to cut bamboo. Use bamboo shoots about 1 inch in diameter or less, and cut it into individual stakes.
Stack your bamboo in your storage space. Lean it against the wall if you have the room. Otherwise, just put it on the ground. If you have a limited amount of space, you can bundle it with twine before you put it there.
Check on your bamboo in a few weeks to see if it has dried. The bamboo will take on a light brown color and will make a wooden clink when it is tapped against the floor. If it is not dry, leave the bamboo for another week and come back.
Remove any leaves from your bamboo stakes. You can pull them off with your fingers or cut them off with a knife as you prefer.
Sand the bamboo down to get a smoother finish. You may skip this step if you don't mind the way your stakes look.