Rhizome / Bamboo Barrier 30 mil Thickness

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30 Mil Bamboo Barrier - Rhizome Barrier

Bamboo Barrier
at a Glance

  • Contains Bamboo Rhizomes
  • Manufactured in the USA
  • Built-In UV Stabilization
  • Made with Recyclable Materials
  • 100 year in-ground lifespan
  • Joins vertically or horizontally with HDPE Sealant Tape
  • Easy to cut with a standard utility knife
  • Deflection side is chrome rolled to provide a superior protection surface

Thickness Comparison Video

View the differences between the various thicknesses of bamboo barrier that we offer.


1/32 of an inch or .79 mm


For light-duty bamboo containment applications.

How Deep Does My Barrier Need to Be?

Typical bamboo rhizomes grow into the first 12” of soil. Rhizomes are responsible for spreading the growth of the bamboo plant. (As opposed to the bamboo’s roots which do not spread the growth of the bamboo). As a measure of caution we only sell 18” and deeper bamboo barrier. Just because typical rhizomes exist in the top 12” of soil doesn’t mean that the rhizomes can’t go deeper. Due to the fact that it takes just one rhizome to spread the plant throughout your yard it is far better to go a bit deeper with your barrier than you need to than not deep enough. The most commonly installed barrier depths that our customers install are 24” and 30”.

Please note, this is general information and certain species of bamboo planted in certain soils can send rhizomes much deeper. It is for this reason that we provide barrier options up to a maximum depth of 60” (60 mil only). Please consult a certified arborist for additional information bamboo specific growing patterns in your area.

A Note About 30 Mil Barrier:

For more than a decade thousands of our customers have installed 30 mil barrier to control bamboo and we have received very few reports of bamboo puncturing the barrier. Nevertheless, a barrier of 40 mil in thickness or more is typically recommended by landscape architects and arborists for bamboo control applications.


30 mil HDPE rhizome barrier is designed to contain lightly aggressive bamboo, invasive species and act as a water barrier to protect foundations, putting greens and other water sensitive areas in the landscape.

Bamboo is a fantastic garden plant due to it’s ability to grow quickly and provide privacy as well as aesthetic beauty. When bamboo is left un-contained it can spread throughout a landscape providing a major maintenance issue as well as damage to hardscapes or other delicate plantings.

Our rhizome barrier is composed of heavy-duty HDPE and provides a smooth surface which acts as a very effective root-stop. The bamboo rhizomes (roots) will not penetrate the barrier but instead grow along the side of the barrier instead.


Below are steps that are involved when installing bamboo barrier around a bamboo plant.


Step 1

Dig a trench on the site where you want to plant your bamboo. Remove the topsoil and the heavier sub-soil. When preparing the site, you should be careful not to create tight corners as this may result in the barrier collapsing due to unnecessary stress to the material.


Step 2

Dig a trench on the site where you want to plant your bamboo. Remove the topsoil and the heavier sub-soil. When preparing the site, you should be careful not to create tight corners as this may result in the barrier collapsing due to unnecessary stress to the material.


Step 3

Choose the correct bamboo barrier for your application. We recommend 60 mil and thicker barriers for most agressive bamboo containment applications.


Step 3

Place the bamboo barrier in the trench. The wall should stand out of the soil by at least two inches. Plastic protruding above grade is essential for preventing the rhizomes from escaping over the top without you knowing.


Step 5

Overlap the barrier by 4' and use double-sided seam tape within the overlap to ensure rhizomes cannot breach the joined pieces sections. Place a number of vertical strips within the overlap.


Step 6

Backfill the trench with subsoil first and compact it to drive out any air pockets. Then complete the backfilling with the top light soil and pack it tight. Make sure there are no sharp objects when filling up the trench, including glass, stones, metal, or tree roots.



In order to control bamboo effectively, proper maintenance must be performed on a seasonal basis. Bamboo rhizomes spread outward from the center of the plant in either spring, summer or fall depending on your location.

Simply dig a trench around the area where the bamboo is planted, place the barrier in the trench and back-fill. Be sure to install the barrier 2” above the finish grade of the soil. This will allow the gardener to monitor and catch bamboo rhizomes that are attempting to “jump the barrier” Cut any rhizomes attempting to overgrow the barrier and remove. If this process is performed annually, the procedure should be easy due to the fact that the rhizomes are soft and easy to remove.


We offer free ground shipping on all of our bamboo barriers. Most orders ship same day if placed before 12:00 PM EST. Transit times are displayed in business days and are approximate.


  • 5

    Posted by Thomas Whitt on May 30th 2024

    This sheetz works when used as directed!!!!

  • 4

    Posted by Tyler Thayer on Oct 8th 2020

    30 MIL is thick enough for my backyard retaining wall to keep moisture and any stray roots from penetrating it. Its easy to install, and hopefully will keep the wood from rotting for a long time. Nice product!

  • 5
    Alternate use

    Posted by Mike Reyland on Aug 26th 2020

    I used that product as a water drainage system between the joists of me deck. It worked great though I would have bought a 20mil if that was available. The 30mil is slightly thicker that I actually needed but still works great.

  • 5
    This stuff is the Bomb Diggity

    Posted by Alliance Landscapes, LLC on Aug 6th 2018

    This thing right here will help you control Moisture on Foundations, control Bamboo, and all kinds of things! Really good resource and they deliver very quickly!