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A bamboo border is a beautiful addition to any landscape design.  It can be used to divide off the lawn area from the flowerbed.  It can be used to divide a flowerbed into sections or add a little whimsy to unexpected places.  Regardless of how you use this border, the individual variety of each fence will make this border one that you return to time and time again.

Making the Border

This type of border can be made to any height or length you desire.  In doing so, the first step of this process is to measure the area that you want to border.  Next, you will need to determine the height.  Keep in mind, when determining this number that you want it high enough to make an impact but not so high that your plants are hidden.  To determine this height, push a few sticks into the ground at different heights.  Then, step back and view the sticks.  Take a look at a couple of different angles before you make up your mind.

After you have your dimensions, the next step is to gather your bamboo and cut it at the required lengths using a handsaw.  To prevent water from accumulating on top of the canes, cut one end of each cane at an angle.  The other end should be straight.  Once that is done, you are ready to prepare the canes.

To create a straight border, line the canes up like you want them in your border.  Then, place a board along the straight edge of the border.  This edge will be the one that lies on the ground.  Once all the canes are lined up take a straight edge and mark each cane one-third from the top, then one half and finally three-fourths. 

After all the canes have been marked, take a drill and drill a hole through each cane at marked points.

Now you will need to string the bamboo together.  This is easily done by running strips of leather, heavy string or wire through the holes.  After all the canes have been strung, secure the ends in one of two ways.  The first way requires one to cut two stakes out of hardwood and to apply these stakes to the garden space at the beginning of the border and at the end.  The border will then be tied to these stakes.

The other approach requires one to the same holes in the stakes as you did with the canes.  When you start the border, run the leather, string or wire through the beginning stake and tie off.  Then continue with the border as usual.  Once you reach the end, run the “stringing” material through the stake and secure.

After the border is complete, simply move to the garden space and apply. 

A homemade bamboo border not only looks beautiful but it also allows one to handle those trouble areas that wind and bend through the garden space.  Its flexibility will allow you to match the shape of your garden without having to piece together ill-fitting border material.


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