The name “bamboo” was derived from the Kannada term bambu of South Indian State. It is one of the fastest growing plants in the world because of the unusual rhizome-dependent system. It comes from the family Poaceae, a tribe of flowering perennial evergreen plants that has an estimated number of 1500 species. It can be found in several countries specifically in North and South America, Asia, Australia and in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Bamboo’s uniqueness blooms centuries ago and it was once considered as the symbol of the Orient. The evolution of production doesn’t stop the usefulness of Bamboo as it becomes the wonder material for construction and for the arts.
Durability – Many will look-down on bamboo as a soft kind of wood but when it is cultivated and prepared correctly, it can match the strength value of other hardwoods. This is due to it's sturdy natural fiber that can be found specifically on its node where the branching occur. It should be harvested at the correct season of the year and should be stored properly avoiding rain and ground contact to maintain its hardness. We are Backyard Xscapes ensure that our bamboo is sourced from farmers knowledgeable and experienced in both harvesting and storing this magnificent wood in a way that allows it to retain it's strength.
Production – Bamboo has a growth rate of 250 centimeters in just a day’s cycle. It doesn’t require a colder temperature and prefers to grow in warmer regions. It contains a natural pesticide called bamboo-kun which is an anti-microbial agent that gives the plant a natural resistance to pest and fungi infestation. If managed appropriately, it can be harvested annually, making this special “wood” dependable when it comes to availability and source.
Multipurpose – There are several uses of bamboo. It can be utilize for construction material, fabrics and clothing, food, biofuel and for Agricultural benefits. Since the production is overwhelming, bamboo has become a common usage among the people especially from the Asian countries that has inspired a famous quote saying, "A man is born in a bamboo cradle and goes away in a bamboo coffin. Everything in between is possible with bamboo."
Economical – For farmers, this is a very practical selection of plant to maintain and to grow. It only requires a little tending except the harvest and storage processes. They can benefit so much from this grass without the financial burden of pesticides and temperature maintenance. It can grow anywhere as long as it has a little warmth and humidity. For consumers’ benefits, Bamboo is very inexpensive in the market as it is sometimes called “a poor man’s building materials” because of its popularity among houses in poorer regions. But this cheap material can be a great option for decoration and construction without the hint of lesser sophistication or strength depending on how it is built and designed.
Whether you have a personal project in mind, or would like to give your home a touch of nature with bamboo Backyard Xscapes can assist. Feel free to give us a call at any of our two locations.