Bamboo Shield for Colder Climates – 60 mil thick x 24″ depth

Rated 4.90 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
(10 customer reviews)


  • $1.99 per linear foot + free shipping.
  • 60 mil is effective for cold to warm climates with small to medium size bamboo.
  • Controls growth of bamboo by limiting rhizome (root) expansion
  • Superior to metals because it will not rust and easier to install
  • Protective side is chrome rolled to provide a better rhizome deflection surface.
  • 60 mil (1/16th inch or 1.5 mm) material thickness that provides 130 pound-force puncture resistance.
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Bamboo Barrier is a diversion type control method with a smooth surface on the side facing your bamboo planting. It is made from HDPE, high-density polyethylene. Superior to metals because it will not rust and easier to install. Bamboo roots typically travel in the first 12 inches of topsoil. Barrier are sold in 24″, 30″, and 36″ depths to provide extra protection from stray growth.

The polyethylene barrier is made from post industrial recycled regrind material when possible, in the USA. Bamboo Shield is impermeable to water as well which acts as a water barrier. Plastic thinner than 30 mil has been shown to crack when ground temperatures 24 inches deep get below -15 degrees F. This would be extremely cold and the thickness greater than 30 mil does great at handling very cold temperatures without damage. The plastic barrier has a better chance not cracking when frozen like other materials. Even concrete will freeze and crack over the years. Driveways are poured 4 to 6 inches deep to allow heavy vehicles passage and parking. Seldom are driveways seen without cracks. Concrete was used many years ago ( Byron Agriculture Station in Byron, Georgia) as a below ground barrier system and found to crack below the frost line allowing bamboo rhizomes to emerge through to the other side. One of the many myths of bamboo is its ability to crack solid concrete. While a clumping type bamboo may do this, given enough years, a running type bamboo just runs and does not usually apply the outward pressure of a clumping bamboo or hardwood tree.

Bamboo is not magical, but persistent and its root system will eventually find cracks in concrete and emerge through them. If the environment ( sunlight & soil ) is suitable once it emerges the bamboo will grow if not terminated. The rhizome ( root ) when growing is very soft and flexible and will always turn when it encounters something harder. Furthermore, installation of a barrier will accelerate the grow of a bamboo screen. The growth will be more dense because of the confinements and stimulate the screening effect. The Bamboo Barrier in the 60mil x 24″ width is our most popular size and we have been selling it for over 15 years without any reported problems.


Which barrier is right for me?

Climate Zone Bamboo Height Minimum Barrier Size
4  Under 25′ tall  60 mil thick by 24″ depth
5 Under 25′ tall  60 mil thick by 24″ depth
6 Under 25′ tall  60 mil thick by 24″ depth
7 Under 25′ tall  60 mil thick by 24″ depth
7 Over 25′ tall  80 mil by 30″ depth or larger
8 Over 25′ tall  80 mil by 30″ depth or larger
9 Over 25′ tall 100 mil by 36″ depth
10+ Over 25′ tall  100 mil by 36″ depth

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Specification Sheet

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Installation Video

Bamboo barrier material is installed vertically in the ground. Bamboo’s root system runs parallel to the ground, typically in the first 3-12 inches of the soil. Dependent upon climate zone, species, soil composition, and age of bamboo grove, some rhizomes can go a little deeper.

The Bamboo Shield is installed in the trench with the shiny side towards the bamboo. It should be angled slightly outward so the bottom is closer and the top is farther away from the bamboo. Leave a 2” lip exposed above ground level.

Installation Instructions

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10 reviews for Bamboo Shield for Colder Climates – 60 mil thick x 24″ depth

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Surprisingly nice for a roll of plastic – This stuff is a really nice, thick plastic (about 1/16″). It’s odd to say much about a roll of plastic but this struck me as a quality product. There was also a bit more on the roll than advertised so you can buy the needed length and not worry about coming up short. Do think about what it wall take to dig a 22″ deep 15′ long trench, though. It took me about 7 hours with a shovel.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    As advertised. I even contacted Lewis Bamboo via Text Message support, and got an instant response.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    KEN C

    Very fast shipping, looks like a sturdy barrier. Lots of digging to install the 30 feet at a depth of a foot but if this will stop bamboo, it should stop my flowerbed’s nutgrass issue, so I’m good. (For a hundred years as advertised, LOL)

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    I used the bamboo block material for my raised bed vegetable garden, to keep the roots from the surrounding landscaping out of my raised beds. 75 feet of trench through hard clay was a big project, but I got ‘er done. The material was just exactly what was needed to do the job. 5 stars!

  5. Rated 4 out of 5


    Package came in without the clamp, contacted the store and they responded by sending the clamp right away without any question. Very good communication !

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    It’s a little known secret but Lewis Bamboo has a small following of Sand Sculptors that purchase their forms from this site. In fact, the AA division of sculptors brought in by Texas SandFest from all over north America were supplied a set of barrier bought from Lewis Bamboo. I even have my own set. We use the barrier to pound up several tons of sand, creating a multi-tier stack of filled sand, like a cake. This stuff is tough.

    The 60 mil is great for filling a 5ft diameter or less form. 80 mil is great for 6ft diameter or more. I’ve gone as high as 14 feet with 10 tons of sand using these forms. What’s great is how easy they are to clean and easy to transport. before we were using wood forms, which are bulky, heavy and pain to use. These barriers can roll up and fit, pushed into a army duffel bag and tossed in the trunk of my car. I use them whenever I’m sculpting and even recommend them to other sculptors.

    I’ll be buying more barrier when spring rolls around.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    Quality Bamboo Barrier Material – Fast Delivery, This Barrier Material is Nice Thick Flexible Plastic (about 1/16″+) A Quality Product, Easy to cut with utility knife.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    This will definitely do the trick. I’m at the end of the horizontal growth season, and so far the barrier appears to doing its job. Great transaction all around!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is a great product to control bamboo. Quick shipping.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    roots beware – should do the job

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