2011年8月23日星期二

Bamboo Fencing Ideas for Your Backyard


A great way to take advantage of the benefits of bamboo is by installing bamboo fencing in your yard. Whether you need security from intruders or protection for your garden, bamboo fences are the way to go. They are extremely durable in different climates, water resistant, and low maintenance. The naturally occurring silica is a termite barrier free from chemicals, while the fences themselves are much less expensive than other fence varieties. Depending on the style of fence, they can even last up to twenty years.

1.  Split Cane Bamboo
This style of bamboo fencing is especially good for temperate climates because it is lightweight and strong. Bamboo posts are connected on the top and bottom with steel wires for structure and with coated wires in the middle for flexibility. You can use the naturally tan bamboo or dye it a variety of colors. Some of the darker colors such as black and mahogany tend to fade in the sunlight, but luckily when they fade they take on an authentic and rustic style.

2.  Dense Weave
These attractive fence styles are a little more elaborate than the bamboo posts, as they are created with reeds of bamboo. The reeds are woven into panels to form a single, uniform piece that can be placed around the perimeter of your yard or simply around vegetables or flowers.

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3.  Bamboo Wing Fence
A bamboo wing fence is more for decoration than anything else, though they are often used to shade an area of the yard as well. These ornamental designs are very popular in Japanese culture, and make a great addition to any backyard landscaping plan, as would a cool thatched umbrella to help shade an area.

4.   Combination Wood/Bamboo
The combination of wood and bamboo is extremely elegant and durable, while the use of a variety of woody materials is beneficial to forestation. Bamboo poles with wooden paneling or wooden stakes with bamboo paneling are a great way to ease bamboo into your backyard décor.

5.     Rolled Bamboo Fence
The most common type of bamboo fence is the rolled bamboo style. Thin shoots of bamboo are tied together using durable steel or reeds of bamboo. It is easy to make, can be treated with Wood Protectant, and lasts a long time. They come in a wide variety of colors, and when treated properly, they are much less likely to fade as much as many of their wooden counterparts.
Each of these bamboo options can come in a variety of colors and shades, as well as varying heights and shapes. In addition to being low maintenance and high durability, the best thing about using bamboo fences instead of, or in addition to traditional hardwood, is that it is a renewable resource that can help our environment for many generations to come. If you have any consideration or concern for the state of forests and rainforests across the globe, consider incorporating more bamboo into your home, yard, and daily life. Your grandchildren will thank you.

2011年8月7日星期日

Why Use Bamboo Blinds as Window Treatments

Bamboo blinds were traditionally used for centuries in Japan and other parts of Asia. Nowadays, they have seen a revival and have become increasingly popular in rest of the world too. More and more individuals are searching for ways have products made of natural materials, even in decorating their home interiors. That's why bamboo blinds are becoming popular.

Some may reconsider choosing blinds and instantly reject the idea because they want something more colorful. Choosing bamboo blinds does not necessarily mean that you are stuck with a boring and lifeless color for your home design plan. In fact, the neutral shades of the bamboo blinds work superbly with all the various color schemes. They can be used in any room and setting with the same remarkable effect.
With proper lighting, bamboo blinds have a glow and aura of their own. They are very good for exclusive and artistic upholstery decoration. They can be custom made to suit individual requirements. In fact bamboo blinds are the flavor these days. They are being used with impunity for decoration in hotels, resorts, offices and homes alike.
In terms of size, amazingly, bamboo blinds come in a wide array of sizes that can be suitable for almost any window. It is necessary to also note that this bamboo blinds may lengthen a little over time. This normally happens, particularly during summer season. For those who live in climates that have winters may observe that the blinds contract a little but the change is not obvious. They are also resistant and durable. When treated with chemicals, bamboo blinds become moisture and insect proof.
Naturally, you do wish to buy the best fit possible when you order you bamboo blinds. All you have to do is measure your space well. If you can’t find bamboo blinds that can fit the area you may opt for customized bamboo blinds instead.
You are not confined or limited to a certain style. There are a lot of different bamboo blinds designs to choose from. They make fantastic additions to your home’s interior design plan.