The relentless dedication to a single thing results in great work. Lewis Bamboo is a great example of this. This family-run firm has, for the last twenty years, producing high-quality bamboo products, ranging from bamboo shields to fertilizers to large wholesale bamboos.
In this article, we’ll give you a brief overview of the company and the products, mainly the bamboo shields and barriers.
Lewis Bamboo is one of the most highly regarded companies dealing with bamboo. This firm is family-run and operated; running a nursery that is solely dedicated to the production of bamboo.
The family started growing bamboo back in 1985, and in 1999, they decided to set up a firm to sell bamboo and related products. Since then, they’ve gone from strength to strength.
They are now recognized as one of the top producers of bamboo in North America, largely on the strength of their unique propagating and growing techniques.
Why are bamboo shields necessary?
To understand why bamboo shields are necessary, it is important to understand how bamboo grows. When you buy bamboo from Lewis Bamboo, for example, the bamboo that you receive is not meant to grow. However, the bamboo produces new bamboo shoots that grow taller, and those, in turn, produce newer bamboos.
This leads to a decent number of bamboos. It is conventional wisdom that bamboo is an invasive ‘plant’ that spreads rapidly. However, this is not universal. It depends on the bamboo species that you have and other conditions, including weather, soil, and so on.
The rhizome, which is the underground root system of the bamboo, spreads over a large area and it is up to you to decide where to halt its spread. Bamboo shields are necessary to halt the growth and stop the bamboo in its tracks.
What is the difference between shields and barriers?
Though it might seem like the bamboo shield and the bamboo barrier are two different things, they are broadly the same. The bamboo rhizome grows in all directions and depending on the conditions, it can grow rapidly. The shields or the barriers stop unwanted growth. This might be in the form of blocking a single side or direction or it might be enclosing the bamboo in a defined area.
Lewis Bamboo Shields
The kind of barrier you are looking for depends on the kind of bamboo that you have. Lewis Bamboo shields are made from high-quality HDPE or high-density polyethylene. This material is better than metals because it does not rust and it is easier to install.
The barriers are sold in 24”, 30”, and 36” depths which provide the necessary protection and ensure that there is no stray growth. The bamboo shield is waterproof and does not allow water to get in. Lewis Bamboo shields come in a variety of sizes and understanding your need is key to ordering the correct product.
What size will I need?
If your bamboo species grow only up to 25’, you will need a barrier that is at least 60 mil thick by 24″ depth. This is the same in almost all climate conditions. If your bamboo grows to heights over 25’, you need barriers that are 80 mil by 30″ depth or larger.
If it’s an area with certain kinds of climate which encourage bamboo growth, you’ll need barriers that are at minimum 100 mil by 36″ depth.
Lewis bamboos’ 60 mil thick by 24 inches depth barrier is extremely well-reviewed. It is of high quality and can last more than a hundred years without ultraviolet exposure. This barrier starts at $43.88 and can go up to $585.00.
The larger 80 mil thick by 30in depth barrier is for large bamboo plants. Many customers have reviewed this favorably and it starts at $73.13 with the ceiling at $609.3.
The largest barrier is 100 mil thick by 36 in depth and is made from large bamboo and starts at $97.31 and goes up to $518.96.
In order to make sure the barriers are clamped together, there is also a clamp kit that prevents rust and provides longevity.
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