Rhizome / Bamboo Barrier 100 mil Thickness

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100 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.


1/10 of an inch or 2.5 mm


For the most aggressively spreading bamboo species or well established timber bamboo plantings.

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.


100 mil HDPE rhizome barrier is designed to contain bamboo and other invasive species. The 100 mil thickness provides our thickest protection against bamboo overgrowth. 100 mil rhizome barrier is commonly used in applications where bamboo overgrowth could lead to significant property damage, therefore the thickest and most durable barrier is necessary.

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.


  1. Dig a trench around the area where you are planning to plant the bamboo or where the bamboo is already planted. The trench should be 2” less deep than the depth of the barrier that is to be installed. For example if you are installing a 24” barrier, dig a 22” trench.
  2. Place the barrier in the trench. If connecting two segments of barrier be sure to overlap the segments by 4 feet, use HDPE sealant tape vertically and horizontally to connect the seam. The taped overlap will prevent the bamboo rhizomes from breaking through the seam.
  3. Plant the bamboo according to nursery planting specifications. Be sure to pay attention to any soil deficiencies, compaction and drainage.



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.

About Bamboo and the Plant’s Various Uses

Bamboo has become one of the most sought-after materials for many products from household items to building structures. Chances are, you have heard about bamboo and even seen it used in many homes and offices. If you don't know, bamboo is a plant with hollow stems, and considering how large some species are, it might surprise you that it's a member of the grass family. Manufacturers around the world use bamboo to make a lot of their products including rugs and mats, clothing, window dressings, lamp shades, and even food!

Just to give you a taste of bamboo, we will go over some varieties including Giant Bamboo, Giant Timber Bamboo, Moso Bamboo, Dragon Bamboo, Black Bamboo, Buddha Belly Bamboo, Painted Bamboo, hedge Bamboo, and Umbrella Bamboo. You would have to write a tome if you wanted to cover all the different bamboos located around the world.

Bamboo walkway through forest

Bamboo with Walkway

About Bamboo

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth and some species can reach incredible heights up to 100 feet. Certain varieties of bamboo can grow 36 inches, or 91 centimeters, in 24 hours, that's 11/2 inches an hour. Your average bamboo grown in the United States can reach 15 to 39 feet, or 4.5 to 12 m. depending on the species.

Evergreen bamboo (Bambusa) comes in over 1,000 varieties and is a very hardy plant. This bamboo is native to tropical climates such as the mountainsides in China and can handle both hot and cold temperatures. Harvested bamboo will regenerate very quickly and is considered an excellent alternative for combating deforestation.

As there are well over 1,000 species of bamboo, we are going to cover a very small selection at this time: The categories will cover clumping bamboo and running bamboo. Clumping bamboo grows outward from a central stem while running bamboo will spread very quickly and are often considered to be invasive.


Giant Bamboo (dendrocalamus giganteus)

This is the tallest bamboo in the entire world. This amazing plant has huge upright very thick green to blue/green canes. Its culms are robust and thick reaching almost one foot in diameter or 30 cm. In its younger years, this bamboo is covered in a white waxy crust. Considering how fast it grows, new shoots can grow 12 inches a day. Giant Bamboo will flower once every 40 years. This awesome bamboo is used for construction and grown successfully in lowlands with rich loam alluvial soil and high humidity.

Note - Culms are the hollow stems in certain plants.

Giant Timber Bamboo (phyllostachys bambusoides)

This is a very tall, powerful plant used for construction materials. This plant can reach 70 feet in height in conditions that are sunny and fertile. The culms are thick and sturdy but can be reshaped easily without involving expensive equipment. This bamboo is used for flooring and compressed into plywood. If you want hard floors, take a look at Moso Bamboo which is available in many shades.

Bamboo Growing in Forest

Bamboo Forest

Moso Bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis)

Gardeners who like ornamental bamboo will appreciate this plant's great height and coloring. Moso bamboo is also a very hardy plant that can handle colder temperatures and will thrive in many different gardens. Moso bamboo is used mostly for paper pulp to produce soft paper products including toilet paper, paper towels, and paper napkins.

Dragon Bamboo (Dendrocalamus Asper)

This Chinese bamboo has distinctive culms that are thick stacked nodes that give this plant its dense look. Harvesting takes place in many countries ranging from Madagascar to Thailand. Local availability reduces transportation costs. The amount of carbon used to move the materials will not outweigh the benefits of the material. Products created from this plant include kitchen utensils like chopsticks and other household essentials These products are biodegradable, affordable, and will last a long time. Recycle the nodes for a watering can or unique drinking glass. On top of that, Dragon Bamboo is edible!

Bamboo Stalks

Cut Bamboo

Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys Nigra 'Black' )

This bamboo can reach 30 feet in height, likes sun as well as shade, and has minimum temperatures of 5 °F. This bamboo's canes will turn green to black during the growing season. Although this plant is not sturdy enough for building materials, it's excellent for a room's décor. Many people use this material for drawer handles or framing a mirror due to its dark gorgeous material.

Buddha Belly Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris ‘Wamin’)

Named for its belly-like bulging nodes this smaller variety is found indoors as well as outdoors. This delightful bamboo can be found in homes, offices, and gardens. It works perfectly in pots for someone to become familiar with bamboo. This bamboo is native to Yunnan a province in southwestern China surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Yunnan is home to the Yuantong Temple and the Shilin Stone Forest to the southeast with its limestone karst peaks created 260 million years ago. Its fibers are used to make paper, create a short outside hedge, and the boiled shoots are for snacking.

Painted Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris ‘Vittata’)

This bamboo offers stripes, and clusters, with golden culms, and vibrant green markings. It's probably one of the most familiar bamboo plants among most people.

Hedge Bamboo (Bambusa multiplex)

If you are interested in creating a hedge either for a nice look or for some privacy, Hedge Bamboo is a good choice. This plant is very generic green, medium in height with no outstanding features. These plants are upright, solid green, and perfect for creating a hedge. The height range is 15 to 25 feet with a 1.5-inch diameter. This bamboo prefers partial-full sun and hardy enough to handle 5 ° F.

Bamboo close up

Growing Bamboo

Umbrella Bamboo (Fargesia murielae)

First introduced in 1910, this bamboo is considered one of the most beautiful bamboo. This plant has a soft, cascading canopy of evergreen foliage. The shoots are light blue with tan culms and eventually a yellowish green. As the leaves are sensitive to the sun, they should only be exposed to partial sun. This plant is in the Fargesias family, it does not have rhizomes so you needn't worry about containing it. This plant first started flowering in the United States in 1992.


Final Thoughts

Bamboo is located all around the world in tropical and subtropical locations with mild temperatures. The largest number of bamboo can be found in Southeastern and Eastern Asia as well as the islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans. The more you learn about bamboo, the more you are going to want more! Bamboo is one of nature's special plants. Bamboo will regenerate, grow, remove toxins from the ground, and in general protect our planet. From small bamboo species sitting on desktops to enormous, gentle giants in the tropics bamboo can grow in many types of environments.

Young Bamboo

Young Bamboo Shoots

Hedge Bamboo (Bambusa multiplex\)

This plant is a standard green of medium height, a no particular outstanding features. All hedge bamboo look pretty much the same. They are all upright, well controlled, and green. They make wonderful hedges. They are 15 to 20 feet in height with a 1.5-inch diameter. It prefers partial-Full sun. It's hardy to temperatures around -5 ° F.


This bamboo was first introduced in 1910 and is one of the most beautiful bamboo anywhere. Its canopy is made up of cascading evergreen foliage and nothing seems to threaten its standing. The shoots are light blue with tan culm sheaths which eventually turn a yellowish green. This bamboo looks its best in afternoon shade or dappled sunlight. This plant does not have running rhizomes so containment is not needed. Even though it keeps its pastel green during the winter, it only sheds a few leaves in the fall. Umbrella bamboo first started flowering in the United States in 1992. It will take approximately 100 years to flower.

Bamboo is a marvelous gift from nature that everyone should know something about. Hopefully, this article has piqued your interest, and actually plant some bamboo in your yard or garden. Every last bamboo plant is exceptionally beautiful and each variety is different from the others. It's not enough that bamboo has gifted us with a cleaner environment, these plants want to give us so many different products for our homes and offices. You can eat bamboo shoots, wear bamboo clothing, add bamboo shades to your windows, or just go on a campaign to decorate your entire home with bamboo products. If you are sold on having bamboo in your yard or garden, just make sure you have the space needed to make it happen. Read up on everything you can for the right soil, sunlight, and water so your new-found plants will thrive.