Growing Bamboo for Farm Fences


Bamboo is a quick-growing, woody weed that spreads through runners. When properly guided and contained, bamboo can create a thick privacy hedge. For those desiring a stronger use, bamboo can be combined with other lumber and strung using wire to form entire farm fences.

Step 1

Test the quality of the soil in the planting area. If the soil is solid clay, use a shovel to dig a 2-foot-deep trench and as long as the area where rhizomes will be planted. Mix together 1/2 coarse sand with the clay and fill in the trench.

Step 2

Plant the rhizomes 1 to 2 inches deep in the soil, using a spade. Water the entire trench deeply to stimulate the rhizomes.

Step 3

Cover the trench with natural mulch to hold moisture in the soil. Keep the soil moist until the plants are established, or until they have multiple leaves.

Step 4

Water the plants to a depth of 2 inches whenever the soil dries out.

Step 5

Pull up any bamboo that begins to grow in undesired areas, as bamboo is a quick-growing, invasive plant and will take over entire yards within a few growing seasons.

Things You'll Need

  • Bamboo rhizomes, running bamboo
  • Shovel
  • Spade
  • Mulch


  • Mother Earth News: The Bamboo Fence: Beauty Meets Strength
Keywords: bamboo fence, growing bamboo, farming bamboo

About this Author

Steven White is a privately contracted software engineer, web developer, and tech support representative. He has 3 years of experience providing technical support for AT&T broadband customers. He is currently a Master's of Software Engineering student and enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with others.