How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring


As springtime rolls around, the weather gets warmer, the ground thaws and the trees begin to bud. There’s no better time to get your hands dirty! The thawed soil is easier to work with, and with more hours of sunlight, spring is the most conducive season for growing a flourishing garden.

However, before you get to the actual planting, there are numerous steps you can take in the late winter or early spring to get your garden ready for the growing season. Below, we discuss the top spring garden planning measures to help you enjoy a maximum yield.

Clean Your Garden Beds

During the fall and winter, your garden often becomes a catch-all for fallen leaves and branches, weeds and plant debris. You’ll want to get rid of these as winter comes to a close to make way for the new plants. Wait for the soil to dry before heavy weeding and tilling to prevent compacting the soil and damaging its structure, texture and aeration properties.

Tidying your garden also involves cutting back old dead-growth herbaceous perennials and deciduous grasses. Throw the dead organic matter from your garden beds and borders into a compost pit — except for weeds, which may continue germinating and cause significant problems. You can either burn the weeds or put them in the trash.

You can set aside well-composted organic matter and mulch and recombine it with the soil later. Early spring is also the perfect time to remove hibernating pests from your garden, such as slugs, snails and aphids that often hide on the crowns of perennial plants.

Plan Your Garden Layout

Planning a spring garden layout in advance boosts aesthetics and functionality, whether you’re preparing a vegetable or flower garden. Additionally, it ensures your garden can serve as a pleasing backdrop for relaxing and hosting. Here’s how to plan a garden bed layout that allows multifunctional use of your space:

  • Assess your yard and the gardening zone to determine the plants that will thrive there.
  • Analyze your site to determine the spot that’ll provide your plants with ample sunlight, shade, moisture and nutrients.
  • Sketch the garden area, considering the ideal plant spacing and how many of each you’ll grow.
  • Plan how to edge your garden and what to use for landscape edging.

Exploring landscape edging ideas is crucial for planning your garden layout because it helps accentuate different parts while uniting the entire space. Here are some landscaping edging ideas:

  • Take advantage of the natural edging method, and use the existing ground to distinguish between the lawn and the garden bed.
  • Dig a trenched edge or v-shaped ditch to separate the lawn and the garden bed.
  • Extend mulch by at least 2 inches for a natural-looking landscape edge.
  • Use brick, soapstone, wood or plastic to create straight, precise edges.

Prune Plants

Pruning plants helps manage their size and encourages fruiting and flowering. It also removes damaged, diseased or crossing branches. All in all, pruning is essential to shaping the plant because it breaks bud dormancy and tells plants where to invest their energy.

Pruning is most effective when done right, so here are some spring pruning best practices:

  • Use sharp and sterilized pruners or shears.
  • Add some fertilizer to the soil to give the plants the nutrients they need to heal the pruning wounds.
  • Prune fruit trees after the coldest temperatures have passed and before the buds come in.

Purchase and Start Seeds

The last few gloomy winter days provide the perfect opportunity for purchasing seeds. It’s the perfect time to explore seed and plant varieties that may prosper in the new season. Remember, it’s always best to buy seeds from a local grower because they often stock varieties that adapt well to your region’s environment and climate.

Purchasing seeds early allows ample time to prepare them for planting. You can start growing your plants inside to help ensure a longer growing season. To further maximize the potential of the seeds’ growth, you’ll need seed-starting trays, fertile soil, moisture and ample sunlight. At least a week before transplanting, place the potted seeds outside to acclimatize them to the outside conditions.

Create a Compost Pit

If you haven’t yet started a compost pit in your garden, early spring or late winter is an ideal time to do so. A compost pit provides an environmentally friendly place to dump all your organic waste and significantly reduces fertilizer costs. If you already have a compost pile, the spring is the right time to turn it over.

You can build your compost pit from scratch or buy a composting system suitable for the amount of organic matter you’ll throw in. Add grass clippings, kitchen scraps, yard trimmings, vegetable peelings and woody trimmings to your compost pile. Turn it at least once a month using a garden fork to keep it aerated.

Prepare the Soil

Garden soil often becomes compacted during the winter due to the ground’s moisture freezing. Toward the start of the spring, the frozen water thaws, loosening the surrounding soil and making it easier to work with.

There are various ways you can prepare your soil for plant growth in the spring. Here are some of the most essential steps to take:

  • Till and turn over the soil using a fork or shovel to improve aeration, which is vital for robust plant growth.
  • Test the soil’s pH and nutrient levels for information on the proper amendments and fertilizers to add.
  • Add rich organic matter, such as manure or compost, to enhance soil structure and nutrient content and improve the soil’s moisture retention and aeration properties.
  • Rake over the soil and water it lightly to release air pockets and create the desired airflow.

Check the Barriers

Barriers around your garden are important to ward off wildlife, keep unleashed pets away and protect your growing plants against other threats. Early spring is the best time to find and fix decay, weather damage and broken structures on your garden barriers. You should also take time to clean these barriers to remove dirt, debris and mildew.

If the damage to your barrier is beyond repair or you want to spruce up your garden, consider installing Forever Bamboo high-quality borders. Our bamboo border poles have a 1-inch diameter and come in varying lengths. They’re secured using a galvanized steel wire and can be assembled in both ascending and descending heights.

These borders are a beautiful, affordable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional wood borders. Depending on the project, they’re moderately easy to install, and they’re built to fit squarely around your garden paths, potted plants, trees and walkways.

Check Your Gardening Tools

Checking your gardening tools before springtime will significantly improve your gardening experience. It ensures you have all the necessary tools and equipment and that they’re in working condition.

Here’s how you can effectively check your gardening tools as you prepare for the growing season:

  • Take inventory of all your tools toward the end of the winter to confirm which ones you have and which you still need.
  • Make a plan to purchase, rent or borrow the missing tools.
  • Clean your available tools using hot water, a strong detergent and a scouring pad to prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi and plant diseases.
  • Sharpen your cutting and pruning tools to make them easier to work with and improve performance.
  • Oil your tools to lubricate them for smooth functioning and to remove and prevent corrosion.

Choose Forever Bamboo for the Best Gardening Support

Preparing your garden for the growing season increases your chances of having a flourishing flower or vegetable garden all season long. Forever Bamboo can help you achieve your dream garden by supplying high-quality bamboo items, from affordable and eco-friendly bamboo and eucalyptus borders to strong and sturdy bamboo stakes that support your plants throughout the season.

To get more information about our selection, contact us today or explore our blog for more spring gardening tips!

Growth and Shaping of Bamboo Sticks

Bamboo is an intriguing perennial grass often confused for a tree. Understandably so, given that it grows as tall as most trees and can be just as hard — if not harder — than wood! Actually, some bamboo types have a stronger structure than steel. Even still, they maintain their remarkable flexibility and lightweightness.

Another interesting characteristic of bamboo is its tapered shape: It has a thick base that’s mostly even but tapers toward the top. In this article, we’ll explore how bamboo grows and how this affects its shape. We’ll also touch on some ways bamboo farmers optimize bamboo growth to achieve the desired shape.

How Does Bamboo Grow?

To grow bamboo, you’d typically start by replanting a bamboo plant, not by planting bamboo seeds. That’s mostly because bamboo seeds are very rare, and they lose their viability fast. Most bamboo flowers every 60-80 years, with some cycles happening every 120 years. And even if a whole grove does flower generously, the seeds cannot be stored for very long and should be sown as soon as possible.

Because bamboo is a colony plant, it’s best to transplant one that’s adapted to a colony as opposed to an individual plant. Once transplanted, bamboo starts shooting in the spring — between March and May in the Northern Hemisphere — to produce new canes. These shoot out of the ground and grow at what is mostly expressed as super speed. Some varieties can grow more than 2 feet in one day!

Bamboos grow taller and wider for about 60 days, after which they redirect energy to their roots to develop more canes. After about three to five years — once the bamboo is established — new canes will spring up.

Every spring, adult bamboo plants produce new leaves to push off the old foliage. The new leaves emerge as small shoots behind the old foliage in early spring, and this unravels into full leaves that are up to 4/5 inches wide and between 2 and 6 inches long.

The newer shoots are typically thicker and have longer canes than the parent bamboo and continue to form a thicker colony until maturity. The size and thickness of the new bamboo are, however, dependent on a variety of factors, as discussed below.

Factors That Affect the Growth and Shape of Bamboo

While bamboo is often associated with being grown in Southeast Asia, it can really grow almost anywhere. But that’s not to say there aren’t some factors that affect the size and thickness of bamboo. Some of these include:

The Quality of the Seed or Plant

As mentioned earlier, it’s best to start with a healthy and established colony plant as opposed to bamboo seeds. It’s also great if the plant has many large rhizomes to ensure healthy growth and division of the colony. You should avoid buying freshly dug-up plants because they’re prone to slow growth as a result of the recent separation from their energy source.

Optimal Soil and Water Conditions

Bamboos don’t have very particular soil and water requirements for growth, which is why they grow well on multiple continents. Ideally, bamboo thrives in loamy soil with a slightly acidic pH level. It can also flourish in clay or sandy soils provided they’re aerated, well-drained, and neither too dry nor soggy. The ability of bamboo to flourish in most soil conditions stems from its shallow roots that don’t need to dig deep for nutrients.

Bamboo farmers optimize soil and water conditions by mulching to keep the soil moist for longer and prevent evaporation. Adding fertilizer, compost and manure to the soil also helps speed up the growth of bamboo by making the soil slightly acidic and providing the bamboo with the energy to grow taller and thicker.

Sufficient Sunlight

Bamboo thrives in warm climates with ample sunshine. Golden bamboo, for example, should receive at least six hours of consistent sunlight to achieve optimal growth. Sunlight is necessary to produce chlorophyll to synthesize food that enables faster growth. Most bamboo species need filtered light, especially those growing in harsh summer climates. Limiting direct sun exposure can also help prevent yellowing of the leaves.

Proper Pruning and Grooming

You can also ensure your bamboo plant takes on your desired shape by pruning the plants often. Pruning bamboo involves removing the old and dead culms right above the node to make room for new ones to sprout during the growing season. It ensures that there’s enough sunlight shining on the emerging culms and there’s sufficient energy to encourage their growth.

Late winter is the best time to prune bamboo to avoid accidentally pruning the new nodes. In addition, pruning is only necessary for established bamboo, which is typically bamboo that is more than three years old.

How Bamboo Type Affects Its Growth and Shape

The type types of bamboo affect its growth and shape. Clumping bamboo is the most common type and the most often preferred type, mainly because running bamboo is considered invasive in many environments.

While clumping bamboo grows in a blob, running bamboo spreads like “bushfire” if left unchecked. The latter can spread to more than 100 feet before it starts sprouting, meaning you’ll have numerous bamboos sprouting at almost the same time in this stretch. It’s difficult and expensive to control the growth of the running bamboo. Doing so requires things like root barriers or concrete or metal sheeting.

It’s easier to control the growth of clumping bamboo because this bamboo sticks to the area you plant it in. Clumped bamboo starts with a single root that then grows into a beautiful colony of thick and super-strong bamboo that can be harvested for various applications. It’s the best kind to plant in your backyard or around your home without invading your neighbor’s space.

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We have a United States-based warehouse to ensure fast shipping and a reliable customer service team available five hours a week. Don’t know where to start when choosing the right bamboo products? Call us at 877-912-2244 or contact us online to have our expert staff answer all your bamboo-related questions and take the guesswork out of materials and measurements.

Fire Rated Thatch

Fire Rated Thatch

Considering the dry and grassy nature of thatch products, having a fire retardant thatch roof is a must. Forever Bamboo offers multiple ways to protect your thatch decor, including fire rated thatch products and our fire retardant sealant.

In addition to our commercial-grade, eco-friendly thatch, we also provide everything you need to maintain and care for it properly. Browse our products and read on to learn more about protecting your thatch from flames.

Why Is Fire Rated Thatch Important?

Thatch is made of natural grasses and is commonly used as a roofing material, particularly for shade structures, Tiki bars, huts and palapas. Its sustainability and aesthetic appeal make it a popular choice for homeowners and designers.

However, grass and dry reeds are extremely flammable, making thatch roofs more vulnerable to fire than other roofing materials. If a thatch roof catches on fire, the flames spread quickly and are difficult to extinguish. That said, proper fire protection is crucial when it comes to thatch roofing and decor.

Thankfully, it’s easy to enjoy the natural beauty of a thatch roof without having to worry about increased fire risk. At Forever Bamboo, making your thatch decor as safe as possible is our top priority.

What’s the Difference Between Fire Rated Thatch and Fire Resistant Thatch?

While fire rated and fire resistant sound similar, they actually indicate different things. Fire rated thatch has been tested to withstand certain temperatures for a certain period of time. Fire resistant or fire retardant thatch has a sealant coating to reduce fire risk and prevent excessive smoke production. Both provide essential fire protection, but in different ways.

Fire Rated Thatch Products From Forever Bamboo

At Forever Bamboo, you can browse a variety of fire rated synthetic thatch products like umbrella panelssub-roof panelstop cones and eaves. We’ve specially designed these products to resist flames and pests and withstand a variety of weather conditions. Our fire rated synthetic thatch products come with a 20-year warranty and provide durable, long-lasting structures while adding a timeless natural aesthetic to your outdoor space.

Viro Java and Viro Reed

Forever Bamboo’s artificial Viro Java thatch and Viro Reed products have a similar appearance to natural thatch. However, they’re more cost-effective and require no maintenance. Made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), these recyclable, eco-friendly products are fire rated as well as mold and pest-resistant. In addition, Viro Java and Viro Reed can last 20 years and beyond, whereas their natural counterparts can have a lifespan of only a couple of years in certain climates.

Despite their synthetic nature, these non-toxic, environmentally friendly thatch products can seamlessly achieve the tropical aesthetic you desire. They’re easy to install and won’t fade. You can use our artificial thatch for roofs, umbrellas, canopies, palapas and similar structures, enhancing your overall design with coned tops and flat panels.

Browse and Order Our Fire Rated Products Today

With our selection of fire rated products, we provide multiple ways to preserve the integrity of your thatching and protect it from flames — all while adding a tropical charm to your outdoor space. For any questions regarding our products, feel free to contact us at any time. Browse our fire rated products and order yours today!

Tiki Thatch Bars: The New Must-Have for Your Garden

a green background with tiki thatch bars the new must-have for your gardenWhether you’re looking to host the perfect summer gathering or add a touch of paradise to your backyard, a thatch roof Tiki bar is the way to go. Functional, sustainable and visually pleasing, it’s the perfect way to convert your garden into a relaxing haven.

However, a Tiki bar is more than just a hut with a roof — it also needs comfortable seating, tropical decorations and good lighting. If you don’t know where to begin with decorating, we have plenty of garden design ideas for you. Learn how to upgrade your garden with our list of Tiki bar essentials!

Benefits of Tiki Thatch Bars

A Tiki bar is a tropical-themed bar used for serving food and island-inspired cocktails. It’s often decorated with extravagant tropical accents like plants and flowers, surfboards, Tiki carvings and lights.

Thatch is a common roofing material for Tiki bars. This natural grass is a popular choice for its sustainability and aesthetic appeal. If you’re looking to transform an ordinary backyard into the ultimate tropical escape, thatch provides multiple benefits for your Tiki bar:

  • It’s eco-friendly: A thatch roof contains dried vegetation, which is biodegradable, sustainable and free of toxic substances. Thatch is an excellent way to incorporate eco-friendly building practices into your next home project.
  • It’s aesthetically pleasing: A Tiki thatch bar provides an exotic getaway without having to leave your backyard. Decorative accents like lights, pottery and tropical flora enrich the aesthetic of your space.
  • It provides natural climate control: A thatch roof provides insulation and shade for your Tiki bar. The material enables hot air to flow through the roof, minimizing humidity and heat in the bar. Thatch is also an effective insulator that helps regulate cool and warm air throughout the seasons.

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Tiki Bar Must-Haves

Looking for outdoor area ideas to enhance your Tiki bar? Browse the list below for some creative must-haves!

1. Tiki Hut

Perhaps the most important part of a Tiki bar, a Tiki hut provides shelter from the sun, heat and elements. It also adds a tropical charm to your garden or backyard. If you’re handy, building a hut yourself can be a more cost-effective and rewarding option.

Once you have the necessary supplies and a design in mind, it’s surprisingly easy to build. You can even wrap the face of the Tiki bar with bamboo slats to tie the island look together. Shade your guests from the sun while impressing them with your DIY skills!

2. Furniture

Once you’ve completed your Tiki hut, it’ll be time to add some furniture. Determine how you want to occupy the space with tables and seating. Perhaps you’d like a dining table with some accompanying chairs or an exterior sofa with end tables. Maybe some bar stools would better achieve your desired aesthetic.

Sun loungers or lawn chairs can also capture the Tiki theme while providing comfortable seating for your guests. If your budget allows for it, consider adding different types of furniture for multiple seating options. Whatever you decide, try to choose furniture that’s comfortable, functional and aesthetically pleasing all at the same time.

3. Fire Pit

Consider adding a fire pit to host the ultimate luau! Steel bowls and pre-made stone fire pits allow you to host fires safely around the Tiki bar. Gathering around the glow of a fire with friends and family is the perfect way to enjoy a warm summer night. Depending on where you live, you may even be able to use this fire pit well into fall and winter.

4. Outdoor Lights

A Tiki bar needs ample lighting, especially if you plan on using the space into the night. Light up the area with some bistro or string lights, flood lights, lanterns or any other exterior lighting you see fit. You may need more or less lighting depending on the size of your exterior space, so be sure to plan accordingly.

5. Tiki Torches

Tiki torches are another great way to add some evening lighting — and a stellar tropical vibe — to your Tiki bar. These can be an alternative to string lights, or you can use both for a layered lighting effect. If you decide to include Tiki torches, remember to position them far enough away so they don’t ignite the thatch roof.

6. Other Tropical Decorations

Adding some tropical-themed accents is the perfect way to complete the island look. You can use these ideas for inspiration or add any other features you see fit! Here are some decorations to consider:

  • Signs: Hang some tropical signs on the wall of your Tiki bar for a unique island aesthetic. Whether it’s flowers, palm trees, inspirational quotes or humorous signs, wall hangings can enhance your space.
  • Tiki masks: Nothing captures an island theme quite like Tiki masks! Tiki masks have a rich history and tropical charm and are available in multiple sizes, patterns and colors. They’re also lightweight and easy to hang.
  • Plants and flowers: Tropical botanicals are an excellent way to enrich your space with a natural, earthy feel. Consider adding potted plants and colorful flowers for a charming summery vibe.
  • Surfboards: Decorating your space with colorful surfboards adds a rich tropical flair. Some lightweight surfboard signs are just as effective and far easier to hang up!
  • Wind chimes: Accent your garden space with some charming bamboo wind chimes. Soothing island tones are an ideal way to welcome and relax your guests.

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Shop With Forever Bamboo for Your Tiki Bar Needs

Forever Bamboo is your go-to for creating the ultimate Tiki bar. Our online store offers thatch products, furniture, tropical decorations and any other essentials you desire. Green building materials like thatch and bamboo provide a sustainable and aesthetically pleasing option for any home project.

While bamboo products and thatch are our specialties, we also know that the right accessories are crucial for any backyard paradise. Our tropical decor options are a fun, unique way to enrich your space and greet guests with a peaceful island vibe.

When you turn to Forever Bamboo for your Tiki bar essentials, you can create an amazing exterior space for everyone to relax and enjoy life. Browse our products and order your Tiki bar must-haves today!

Modern Bamboo Fencing Design Trends 2022

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Fencing serves a variety of important purposes, whether it’s establishing property boundaries, protecting your garden or enclosing pets. But while your fence should be functional, it should also be visually pleasing.

You can use current trends to design a fence that accents your space with a modern yet warm and inviting feel. If you’re looking for trending bamboo products, styles and materials for fencing, you’ve come to the right place. Explore the benefits of bamboo fencing and bamboo trends of 2022 to inspire your next project for your home or business!

The Benefits of Bamboo

As an exceptional material that features an array of benefits, it’s no wonder bamboo fencing is a popular choice for designers, architects and homeowners. Let’s explore some of the best reasons to consider bamboo for your next fencing project:

  • Aesthetic style: Bamboo’s timeless natural beauty is a prime reason many people decide to use it for fencing. Every piece is distinct on its own — but when placed together, it creates a beautiful focal point for your fence. Whether it’s for a living room, bedroom or backyard, bamboo fencing accents an array of interior and exterior spaces with a clean, modern and tropical feel.
  • Sustainability: The sustainability of bamboo makes it a popular choice among eco-conscious consumers. Research shows that bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than an equivalent tree mass. When harvesting bamboo, growers can cut off stalks without killing the plant, so it can continue to grow. These features make it a sustainable material.
  • Versatility: Bamboo is highly versatile in both appearance and function. Besides fencing, you can use it for a variety of projects, like furniture and pergolas. Use bamboo in pieces like frames, backsplashes and candle holders to tie into your fence project.
  • Variety: You can easily find bamboo fencing to fit your desired aesthetic. Whether it’s a classic golden color, striking black or rich caramel brown, bamboo offers a variety of possibilities. You can also choose from multiple shapes and sizes, from full poles to split half round poles and slats.
  • Cost-effectiveness: While the price of bamboo materials can vary depending on the project, quantity and company, bamboo is generally more affordable than timber wood. This isn’t because bamboo is lower in quality, but because it’s a hardy crop that grows quickly. Look for an affordable price point that still offers the essentials — quality bamboo that’s free of glues, pesticides and formaldehyde — for your fencing needs.

Bamboo Design Trends for Fencing

Sustainable and natural designs for homes and gardens are increasing in popularity, making bamboo an earthy yet elegant choice for fencing. Check out some of the latest styles and trends for bamboo fencing below!

1. Stained Fencing

Staining your bamboo fence is a great way to enhance it with color and shine. While bamboo fades over time, the stain keeps it fresh and bright to increase its lifespan. It will also bring life back to an older fence. If you’re considering a rich oil-based stain to protect your bamboo fencing from the elements, choose Total Wood Protectant sealer and select your desired staining color. Here are some trendy color choices to consider:

  • Black walnut: Black walnut fence stain is a great choice if you’re looking for something dark and sophisticated. This cool, dark tone can transform a bamboo fence into a luxurious aesthetic or rejuvenate natural black bamboo fencing.
  • Cedar tone: Offering a slightly dark undertone, cedar tone stain is an ideal middle ground between light and dark. Its rustic yet tropical feel creates a perfectly warm aesthetic.
  • Dark oak: With rich, red undertones, dark oak staining provides a deep brown color to enhance darker bamboo tones.
  • Light cedar: Light cedar is an excellent staining choice for natural bamboo fencing. This mellow oil offers a pale yellow or tan hue to enrich the natural bamboo’s light to medium shade.

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2. Contrasting Wood Frame and Vertical Bamboo

If you’re looking for a simple yet trendy way to construct a privacy fence for your backyard, consider a wooden frame filled with bamboo fencing. With your desired exterior aesthetic in mind, try choosing complementary colors for your frame and bamboo.

For instance, you might find that a dark brown frame is an attractive contrast to light natural bamboo fencing. Alternatively, a light wood frame paired with natural black bamboo may better suit your preferences. Whatever combination you decide, this trend is a great way to enhance your exterior space.

3. Some Balcony Privacy

For an urban apartment with a porch or balcony that offers an open view, having some privacy is more than ideal. This is where a bamboo privacy fence comes in handy. While a railing provides an essential safety barrier, it won’t provide the aesthetic or some added privacy that a bamboo fence does.

You can even attach bamboo fencing to your existing railing. Enjoy a breath of fresh air and some much-needed privacy with a beautiful bamboo fence for your balcony or porch.

4. Room Divider

Bamboo fencing isn’t only an exterior trend — it’s a great way to accent your home’s interior, as well. If there’s a large bedroom, living room, dining room or other space you wish to section off, consider a lovely bamboo room divider. Try using a tall bamboo fence panel that feels like a wall. Then, you can craft a wooden frame to hold the fencing.

Depending on how much room separation you desire, you may only opt for one long panel or make an L-shaped fencing section for extra separation. This is both a charming and practical way to spruce up your living, sleeping or dining spaces.

5. Woven Bamboo Fencing

A woven bamboo fence gives your space a simple, organic and timeless appeal. This fence is constructed purely from bamboo, featuring horizontal and vertical poles. The vertical bamboo poles are typically attached to the horizontal poles on alternating sides with screws or twine.

The finished product is a textured fence that looks the same from both sides. This trend is the perfect way to add a tropical yet understated feel to your yard or garden. Or, add stylish bamboo paneling to your interior fence for more texture.

Shop Forever Bamboo Products for Your Fencing Needs

At Forever Bamboo, supplying customers with quality bamboo fencing and other exterior products is our specialty. Our sustainably sourced bamboo products come in multiple configurations and colors, serving many commercial and residential uses. Whatever the style or concept you have in mind for your space, we can help you achieve it.

Whether you’re looking for rustic caramel brown, burnt bamboo fencing or a classic natural design, we have materials you’ll need at Forever Bamboo. Browse our selection of bamboo fencing and order yours today!

For any questions regarding products or orders, please contact us.

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Thatch Roofing FAQs

When it comes to the most classic roofing materials on the planet, thatch stands out for its popularity throughout history. What makes thatch roofing so appealing, though? Thatch offers consistent performance and attractive looks. With our different thatch options, you can create your own tropical escape in your backyard or business.

Want to cover one or more of your exterior structures with Mexican Palm ThatchTahitian ThatchAfrican Cape Reed Thatch, or Artificial Thatch? Keep reading to learn more about thatch and its best qualities.

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What Is Thatch Roofing?

The term “thatch” traditionally refers to a collection of grasses, reeds and other plant-based materials interwoven for strength and resilience. For example, Mexican Palm thatch is constructed by expertly weaving palm tree fronds and leaves. This process creates a brand-new thatched product and keeps the fronds and leaves from separating prematurely.

When used in roofing construction, thatch helps block the elements, such as water and sun. Many people have rediscovered sustainably sourced thatch for its best properties in recent decades.

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Where Can Thatch Be Used for Roofing Projects?

Both naturally occurring and synthetic thatch are eye-catching roofing options. For many homeowners and businesses, thatch makes the perfect aesthetic and practical roofing material for backyard and stand-alone structures. These can include palapas, gazebos and cozy bungalows.

Is Thatch Fire-Resistant?

Natural thatch roofs are not automatically fire-resistant but can be treated with fire-rated thatch sealant. Applying this sealant effectively reduces the chance and overall impact of a fire. Roofs treated with fire-rated thatch sealant produce about half as much smoke as their non-treated counterparts. Some products, such as these Viro Java 3L thatch panels, are fire-resistant without needing sealant and are a great fit when it comes to commercial projects.

Is a Thatch Roof a Good Choice?

For many people, thatch roofs provide an opportunity to bring a tropical, exotic or oasis-like aesthetic to their backyards, commercial spaces and other outdoor areas. Thatch continues to be a go-to choice for many homeowners and business owners eager to bring a fresh, attractive vibrancy to their properties, and covering your roof with thatch materials can help you achieve the structure of your design dreams.

How Long Does a Thatched Roof Last?

A natural thatched roof’s longevity depends largely on climate. In dry regions with moderate climates, Mexican Palm Thatch can last up to five years, and one to two years in more humid or harsher climates. Tahitian Thatch can last five to seven years, and African Cape Reed Thatch can last eight to ten years. If guaranteed durability is what you’re looking for, our Artificial Viro Thatch panels come with a 20-year warranty! To get the maximum value out of any thatch roof, invest in a high-quality product that features expert weaving. With the best thatch product possible, you’ll have a great foundation to meet your exterior structural and landscaping needs.

What Kinds of Thatch Are Available?

Forever Bamboo offers several reliable thatch products:

  • Mexican Palm thatch
  • African Cape Reed thatch
  • Tahitian and Fiji Palm thatch
  • Artificial thatch
  • Fire-rated thatch sealant

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Where Can You Buy Thatch Roofing Materials?

Putting up a dependable thatch roof requires that you find thatch roofing materials you can rely on. As with any project, your materials’ quality significantly impacts the final results.

Forever Bamboo offers a wide selection of thatch materials. Feel free to look through each type and pick the one you like most. If you have questions, call our team at 877-912-2244 to get knowledgeable answers about thatch roofing.

The History of Tiki Bars

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Tropical drinks, Tiki masks, thatch-covered roofs and kitschy décor are as much the essence of the classic Tiki bar experience as relaxation and entertainment. But where did this iconic movement begin? Put on your favorite Hawaiian shirt, plop an umbrella in your drink and bring your imagination — let’s dive into the history of Tiki bars and discover top decorating tips to bring your own Tiki getaway to life!

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What Is a Tiki Bar?

A Tiki bar is a tropical-themed entertainment space for relaxing and enjoying cocktails, inspired by romanticized ideas of South Pacific culture. Guests enjoy sipping fruity, rum-based drinks like the classic Mai Tai, Halekulani and Zombie in colorful Tiki mugs under the shade of a Palapa canopy or traditional Tiki hut.

Tiki spaces are as unique as their owners — and no two Tiki bars are alike! People with a passion for the Tiki lifestyle love adding their unique personality to the bar with décor from global travels, Tiki mug collections, fun signage and more.

Tiki pop culture started in the 1930s with commercial bars and restaurants, but today’s residential Tiki spaces can be found in homeowners’ backyards, patios, gardens and basements as beloved personal paradises. The Tiki lifestyle is all about escapism. When you step into a Tiki lounge, you should feel like you’ve been transported to the tropics, surrounded by bamboo, coconuts, beachy vibes, island music, flavorful drinks and nautical details.

History of Tiki Bars and Tiki Pop Culture

One of the earliest Tiki bars that would set the tone for an entire movement was the “Don the Beachcomber” bar, established by Ernest Gantt in 1934 in Los Angeles. Gantt, who later legally changed his name to “Donn Beach,” decorated the bar with numerous artifacts collected from trips to the tropics. Beach served various exotic rum-based drinks and brought in popular musicians and entertainers. The bar was so successful that it expanded to 25 chain restaurants and began the Tiki explosion in popularity.

Another famous bar was Trader Vic’s, created by Victor Bergeron in 1937. Trader Vic’s partnered with Hilton Hotels and expanded to many hotel locations. Many early Tiki bars popped up attached to hotels as restaurants and bars offering cocktails, Asian and Polynesian menus, music and live entertainment. Trader Vic’s also started marketing Tiki mugs, cocktail mixes and other pop culture items, which expanded the marketability of the Tiki bar business culture.

The Tiki movement touched culture all across America — from thatched roofs appearing on car dealerships to South Seas-inspired bowling alleys. The original Tiki bars thrived for about 30 years during the Atomic Age, enjoying a peak of popularity in the early 1960s. Tiki bars started to fade away in the 1970s.

The 1990s saw a revival of Tiki love, and a new generation of Tiki fans embraced the culture. Folks began installing personal Tiki bars in their backyards with pools, creating themed man caves in basements and living up the “work hard, play harder” lifestyle with friends and family. Fans of retro culture, Rockabilly, vintage décor and tropical vibes have continued this ever-evolving trend. Today, great Tiki bars live on in commercial and residential locations worldwide.

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Ideal Tiki Bar Locations

Tiki bars can be tiny or enormous, indoors or outside, personal or business. The choice is yours! Most home bars serve a dual purpose — a recreational spot to enjoy chilled drinks and a display area to show off tropical décor, artifacts and personal collections.

Forever Bamboo Tiki huts and Palapas are moderately easy to install depending on your project difficulty, making them the ideal option for a wide variety of setup locations:

  • Shoreline boat docks
  • Backyard patios
  • Poolside pads
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Garden sitting areas
  • Finished basements
  • Recreational garages
  • Home theaters
  • Man caves

Tiki huts are also perfect for commercial applications, offering countless benefits to business owners and trade professionals. Set up impressive trade show displays. Create shaded areas at outdoor facilities. Add valuable seating outside restaurants, resorts, bars and more!

Tiki Bar Design and Décor

Tiki bar design is like making a cocktail — it’s a mixture of several unique historical, cultural and thematic elements that, when combined, create an immediately recognizable aesthetic flavor. Tiki design is a magical blend of tropical décor, Polynesian island style, retro midcentury elements, escapism and all things “Tiki bar” — the drinks, the mugs, the swizzle sticks, the little umbrellas in the drinks, the whole experience from the bartender pouring to an empty mug.

Designing an authentic Tiki atmosphere is more than simply serving drinks under a thatch-covered hut. Tiki décor has a distinctive look that feels like it’s been collected from faraway lands over several decades. With the right design foundation and island accessories, your Tiki bar will resemble a favorite haunt of sailors and sirens straight out of the 1960s.

Create Your Own Tiki Bar Oasis

First thing’s first — the Tiki life is made in the shade! Every tropical retreat needs an island-inspired covering to enjoy drinks and relax. Every Tiki bar starts with three foundational elements:

  1. Bar and beverages: No Tiki bar is complete without an actual bar — it’s in the name, after all! A long countertop serves as a landing zone for barstool seating and serving drinks that transport guests to a tropical paradise. Storage behind the bar can house a sink, rum, assorted liquors, barware and everything else you need for authentic Tiki beverages.
  2. Seating and furniture: Tiki bars certainly need stools at the counter, but the best retreats include additional lounging areas to converse and dine. Imagine bamboo tables and comfortable seating around the pool, garden or fire pit for a cohesive Tiki look throughout your backyard. Our high-quality bamboo furniture immediately sets the tone for your expanded tropical oasis.
  3. Tiki huts and Palapas: Cover your bar and seating areas to keep your guests cool with Tiki thatch umbrellas or Palapas. These thatched-roof, open-sided structures are also called Tiki huts. You can convert an existing or new bar area into an island experience with one of our large Tiki hut kits, which include all the materials you need to set up your own shelter — lodge poles, roof framing, lodge poles, thatch covering and instructions.

Once you’ve established the basics, it’s time for accessories! Forever Bamboo is your one-stop shop for everything you need to complete a personalized Tiki look:

  • Carved Tiki masks: Tiki masks were originally used in ancient Polynesian and Hawaiian culture, representing various deities and spiritual traits. For an authentic aesthetic, hang a few decorative Tiki masks around the bar.
  • Tiki mugs and vessels: Traditional Tiki mugs are ceramic and shaped like hand-carved, wooden Tiki masks. Tiki drinking vessels can also resemble coconuts, skulls, Easter Island statues, totems, pirate-themed objects and more!
  • Bamboo details: Line the front and back of your bar with our eco-friendly, cost-effective textured bamboo paneling. Bamboo is the ultimate tropical backdrop to show off your Tiki mugs, signage and themed barware.
  • Tropical signage: Add a pop of color and a sense of humor to your Tiki oasis with eye-catching Tiki signage. From carved bamboo floral “Aloha” signs to more comical bathroom signs, great signage makes it clear that everyone is on island time at your Tiki bar!
  • Beachy and nautical objects: You don’t need to be located near the coastline to enjoy the beachy Tiki lifestyle. Make your own “beach” seating area outside with sand underfoot, seashells and driftwood, or turn your bar into a pirate’s cove with mermaids and a treasure chest.

Looking for even more ideas to take your Tiki hut to the next level? These popular tropical decorations enhance the sights and sounds of any Tiki paradise:

  • Kitchy midcentury modern art
  • Island-inspired knick-knacks
  • Hanging tropical birds
  • Bamboo wind chimes
  • Water features
  • String lighting
  • Tiki torches
  • Surfboards
  • Paddles

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Shop the Nation’s #1 Supplier for Tiki Décor and Materials

You can count on Forever Bamboo to provide the highest quality, eco-friendly Tiki materials for your bar — from huts and umbrellas to bamboo products and decorative signage, we have everything you need to create a Tiki experience from start to finish.

Shop the industry’s largest inventory of tropical décor and start designing your tropical paradise today! Looking for advice and specific product information? Complete an online contact form or call our highly trained customer service team at 877-912-2244, available five days a week.

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