Monthly Archives: March 2014

8 Reasons You Should Use Bamboo Products

Bamboo products, which range from fencing to interior décor and clothing, are becoming more popular. If you have wondered whether there are any reasons why bamboo is an excellent option for your home and family, now is a great time to learn more about this versatile wood.

Bamboo Products

Totally Sustainable

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing types of wood in the world. It takes about four years to grow bamboo to maturity, compared to other types of trees which can take anywhere from ten to twenty years to reach maturity. As a renewable source for everything from clothing to hardwood flooring, bamboo is a material that takes fewer resources to grow.

More Productive

Bamboo is more productive for the environment because it can absorb up to thirty-five times the amount of carbon dioxide of a hardwood. More absorption, and more oxygen output, means that this simple plant helps keep the environment cleaner than other types of woods used in traditional home products.

No Additives

Bamboo is naturally resistant to pests and disease, which means that fewer chemicals are needed to grow ample amount of bamboo using methods that require little or no pesticides or fertilizers. With fewer chemicals introduced into the plant, you have a cleaner, greener bamboo product for your home.

Natural Wood Appeal

Bamboo has a light golden color that works well in a wide range of home décor themes. If you are looking for a natural wood, nothing can beat choosing a bamboo product. Bamboo can be stained, varnished or even painted as easily as other wood materials. You can even sand bamboo and refinish it just as easily as with any other natural wood product.

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5 Ways to Use Bamboo Poles in You Home and Garden

If you are looking to give your indoor or outdoor space some Asian flare, bamboo can be a simple, and cost effective way to achieve your goal. Bamboo poles are durable, and versatile, making them ideal for a variety of indoor and outdoor uses. Consider using bamboo pole as you begin your home make-over.

Bamboo Poles Indoor Bathroom

Bamboo Railing

If you are looking to spruce up your staircase or balcony, consider bamboo. Often wood or metal are used for these types of railings, but with a little outside the box thinking, bring on the bamboo. Installing railings using a bamboo pole can create a conversation piece for guests visiting your home, and can also bring a little of the outdoors to the inside. The strength of bamboo means that you don’t have to sacrificing safety for style either.

Patio roof

Many homes have a backyard slab or patio that was installed when the home was built. If the patio was left uncovered, scorching summer sun can make the patio off limits. Building a covered patio structure using a contractor can be expensive. There is a more affordable option. Set aside a weekend, and roll up your sleeves for a do it yourself project. Some strategically placed bamboo poles can create a support structure. Once your support structure is solidly in place, line up the bamboo poles side by side, and attach them together to create your roof. Begin enjoying your outdoor space again.


If you like to garden, many vegetables require supportive framework as they grow such as tomatoes or garden beans. Wire tomato cages can bend and buckle under the strain of a well growing plant with an abundance of fruit. Bamboo poles can be used to create a teepee like structure, or a trellis for other creeping plants. Since bamboo is a natural material, it will blend right into your garden landscape, and it is durable enough to support any plant.

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A Deeper Look into Artificial Thatch

Artificial Thatch Umbrella Backyard X-Scapes

Learn about Artificial Thatch!

There are many different types of artificial thatch out in the market today. But how do you know what makes it good or bad? We’re here to help you decide the best type of artificial thatch for you! With modern technology and innovation, artificial thatch looks just like natural thatch. It is able to mimic the different types of natural thatch such as the Mexican palm thatch or the African reed thatch. With this beautiful new type of thatch, why stick to old and environmentally harmful older styles of artificial thatch?

What is Artificial Thatch Made Of?

Older artificial thatch has traditionally been made from PVC. While it is a cheap and easy to produce PVC thatch, it unfortunately has a toxic lifecycle. These toxins have proven to pose a risk not only to human health but the delicate ecosystem on earth and the sea. The runoff of PVC is toxic and is extremely deadly when burned. What is runoff? Runoff is rain and other forms of water that rolls down the thatch. This runoff can get into dirt, sand, plants, the ocean, water supplies, and even on animals. It is extremely difficult to recycle since PVC is banned from landfills.

We now have the means to create an artificial thatch that is environmentally responsible as well. Artificial thatch can now be made with polypropylene (PP). This neutral plastic lasts 20 years in various climates and is impervious to moisture and pests. PP is biodegradable and is 100% recyclable. Through testing, the runoff is harmless in PP thatch. There is no need to add fire retardant to PP thatch. It will not quickly go up in flames like natural thatch nor produce deadly fumes like PVC thatch. Just like it’s PVC counterpart, PP artificial thatch has a quick and easy install.

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How to Decorate using Artificial Thatch

Artificial thatch is a cost-effective and beautiful alternative to natural thatch. At Backyard X-Scapes, we offer a variety of lush and gorgeous artificial thatch. There are several distinct types of thatch styles: Baja Palm and Zulu Reed from the Art Thatch line. These thatch are 100% recyclable and looks highly realistic.

Variety of Thatch Pieces

Artificial thatch comes in many parts that will work with any part of your thatch structure. Our Art Thatch pieces come in starter panels, umbrella panels, sub-panels, or top cones. These parts are essential for a beautiful and lush umbrella or palapa structure. Starter panels and sub-panels are great as roofing material. These panels need a base roof (no open spaces!) for a smooth and even finish. For open roofs or umbrellas, take a look at our umbrella panels. These artificial thatch panels add the perfect thickness and gives a plush look to your structure.

Our Artificial Thatch is 100% Recyclable

The artificial thatch we carry is 100% recyclable! Since they are artificial, they repel pests and organisms that rot and decay natural thatch. Because of this fact, artificial thatch has a much longer lifespan compared to natural thatch. The panels come with a 20 year warranty and is sturdy against water, wind, and dust particles. The fake thatch is made with polypropylene which is a 100% recyclable material. Other artificial thatch is made with PVC which is toxic and has harmful run-off which can contaminate the land and water.

Easy to Install and Affordable

Installing artificial thatch is a simple task. Our umbrella panels come with special built-in clips that allow for easy installation. Just clip it into place and your new breezy umbrella or palapa structure will be ready to go! If you have any questions about installation or questions about artificial thatch, feel free to give us a call. We are also available through our online website chat or email.

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