HDPE Bamboo Rhizome Root Barrier Film makes an ideal garden plant and grows quickly to provide privacy and beauty. Many designers and contractors are nevertheless hesitant to recommend bamboo to clients unless a root barrier is installed.
ProPlasÂ® Bamboo Barrier Film has proven to be an effective material to prevent the unwanted spread of bamboo. The smooth surface of the rhizome barrier acts as a root stop, diverting the rhizome and preventing rampant growth. The rhizome will turn and continue to grow along the surface of the barrier. This contains the bamboo and prevents the unwanted spread. The barrier is a thick plastic (HDPE) based material. As you may know already plastic is not biodegradable, therefore a thick plastic will last a very long time underground.
.040" thick film is great at diverting bamboo rhizomes. We have found the 40 mil to be all you need to divert rhizome growth.
Plastic thinner than 40 mil has been shown to crack when ground temperatures 24 inches deep get below -15 degrees F.. This would be extremely cold and the 40 mil does great at handling very cold temps. without damage. This plastic barrier film will not crack when frozen like other materials, even concrete will freeze and crack over the years. Concrete was used many years ago 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 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.
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Will not crack when frozen like other materials
Barrier Film woks best as a diversion type control method.
This 40 mil Polyethylene is made from recyclable sheet material.