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August 12, 2010 at 10:25 am #252899
I planted a line of clumping bamboo about five or so years ago and now they are about 10 metres high and there are probably 50+ poles which I would like to start using for garden fencing projects. Problem is, everything I look up seems to be talking in terms of years of curing, hanging the poles in trees, putting them in a drying room etc. There is some mention of using freshly cut green poles without curing – which is what I want to do. Does anybody have any experience of this? Or would green poles rot and split, and would I be wasting my time? Any thoughts or experiences on this would be much appreciated. Thanks. Bob. :uhoh:August 12, 2010 at 11:28 am #473481
Hi Bob, I have a small clump of Bamboo which I take dried stakes from usually once a year. I dont do anything special with my Bamboo just trim off the dried ones. My thought would be that the Bamboo once cut would dry ok (or re-shoot) if used for stakes green, but then my Bamboo isnt 10metres high only a couple of metres :shrug: Hopefully someone with a little more knowledge will enlighten you abit more then I. 🙂August 12, 2010 at 8:44 pm #473482
depends how long you want your fence to last. We use fresh cut bamboo for garden edging, building trellises, tripods, etc. They last about three years max.
You can soak them in some type of copper based solution, or I’ve also heard you can leave them in sea water to cure. At the community gardens at Yandina here on the coast they’ve built a great (I’ve post a pic of it). They coated them in lanolin to get a bit more life out of them.
Hope that helps,
SonyaAugust 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm #473483
Here’s that pic…August 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm #473484
:jawdrop: Wow! how impressive is that.August 13, 2010 at 12:28 am #473485
We are hopefully off to get some bamboo plants this weekend. That is a great project to aim for.August 13, 2010 at 1:25 am #473486
Yeah thats impressive busylizzie.. it’s great!
I have the spreading bamboo growing here, funnily enough it isn’t difficult to keep invading where it shouldn’t.. I might give something like that flash garden trellis ago, maybe a summer project 😀August 13, 2010 at 3:41 am #473487
I have heard that the poles should a hole poked right through the centre to stop them from splitting, I have tried it with green poles and used them straight away and so far it seems to work, it’s only been about six months or so.
I used a full length of half inch reo rod and belted it through with a hammer.
I don’t know if that helps them cure or not. :shrug:
Edited to add how impressive the structure is, I can imagine a choko vine on it.August 13, 2010 at 4:14 am #473488
Love the picture Sonya. We used bamboo cut from a friend’s place to form retaining walls with timber vertical supports concreted in but they rotted fairly quickly. I remember someone telling me about a heat method which affexts the starches within the bamboo. This link may be of some use although it doesn’t say how long it will last. if you google heat curing bamboo there is quite a lot of info.August 13, 2010 at 5:07 am #473489
Bob Lake wrote:
I planted a line of clumping bamboo about five or so years ago and now they are about 10 metres high
Hi Bob Do you know what kind of bamboo you planted? I’m such a late starter Old Permie that I need everything to grow fast ……. my asparagus will probably outlive me! Better late than never!:metal:August 14, 2010 at 10:45 am #473490
Hello Blue Wren. I know what you mean about your plants outliving you; I am 75. Used to live in the Bunyas and Kingaroy was our ‘home town’ for some years. The bamboo variety is Oldhamii. It grows rapidly, can reach 15m and produces edible shoots. As a clumping variety it does not have a spreading problem and each clump can produce three or so poles a year. In one area we planted it for privacy on our upstairs deck; in summer (Queensland) poles can shoot up a metre within a couple of weeks.December 23, 2010 at 8:06 am #473491
Just in case you’re still wondering – I used green bamboo poles to make an A-frame chook tractor. I didn’t end up tractoring it too much (got a bigger one) but it is still serviceable two years on. Some of the poles are crushed where they are under pressure, but they are only 1.5cm wide if that.December 23, 2010 at 9:41 am #473492
We are doing similar. Invest in a bamboo splitter, which will give you many more options for using your bamboo. Google pages with pictures of split bamboo being used in Japanese garden projects and you’ll see the possibilities are endless.
Yes, you can cure them using fire or a blow torch, but as someone said previously, you may find they last longer when split, or with a hole punched right through the internal chambers. We have reserved a space under our house that will be just for bamboo storage and curing.
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