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We're about to start working on securing our house. One thing we know we need on the back part of our property is a fence of some sort. I'm trying to keep costs down but security up. I know that any fence I choose will only delay an intruder from leaving or arriving. I have access to unlimited bamboo from a neighboring farm, so my only cost in a live bamboo fence would be labor in planting it. So, I'd like to know if a live bamboo fence would provide similar security features as other fence styles like barbed wire or chain link.

I already know about the spreading potential of bamboo and it doesn't concern me for the space where I would be planting it.

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you should check local invasive species lists and make sure the type of bamboo you plant is not on it. Bamboo can be a very aggressive plant and some varieties are considered invasive. – wax eagle Nov 3 '12 at 3:35
I live in Honduras in a very rural area. No such lists exist here. :) – Byron Sommardahl Nov 3 '12 at 14:31

I came across some of these in New Zealand. About 2 feet thick, and bloody well impenetrable. Also completely unclimbable. You're not stopping a chainsaw, arsonist or bulldozer, but neither is a wood fence.

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How tightly together is the bamboo spaced? I lived at a house with bamboo and while it was tough to get through, it wasn't impenetrable. In fact, I regularly went in there to retrieve dog toys and stuff. It is an excellent privacy screen, though. – Shimon Rura Nov 3 '12 at 13:40
This was pretty tight -- Kind of like a Escher painting, where the space between bamboo stalks is another bamboo stalk. – Chris Cudmore Nov 3 '12 at 14:23

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