Durability of Bamboo Fences
I am new to this forum. I am a Zen teacher and Zen Buddhist Priest living in Chicago. I am the Abbot of the Zen Community of Oak Park - Emtpy Sound Temple. I am in the process of designing my first Japanese Contemplative Garden for our temple, which is a beautiful old Victorian house in a residential neighborhood. So I am grateful there is a forum like this where I can learn more from other peoples' experiences.
I have already started to set a rock path which is working out very well.
But I was surprised to read on one of the posts here someone saying that bamboo generally only last 5 to 7 years. That seems like a very short time, for the cost involved. Many of the bamboo suppliers say it will last 20 years.
I have also ready others saying that after about 5 years time, it starts to look pretty tattered and funky.
So I'm trying to decide whether to put in a bamboo fence, which I find aesthetically very pleasing, or, perhaps, be more practical and put in a cedar fence, which is what everyone in our neighborhood here in Oak Park puts in.
My question is this - does any one here have actual experience with a bamboo fence of a longer duration than 5 or 7 years?
I would appreciate your feedback.
Robert Joshin Althouse