Which willow is best for fencing?
If suitable local willow is unavailable, look for varieties of Salix vimnalis. Rods of this type are straight, long and flexible for easy weaving. For long expanses of fence, additional support may be necessary.
How long does it take to grow a willow fence?
Using long, straight willow branches or rods, the fedge is typically constructed in a diamond pattern, but you can come up with your own living willow fence ideas. The fedge grows quickly, often 6 feet (2 m.) per year, so trimming is necessary to train the structure in the shape you want.
How fast does a willow hedge grow?
They will typically grow 6ft to 10ft (occasionally more!) in the first year and often reach 16ft or more by the third year. Ultimate height will be approx 25ft to 30ft, or they can be trimmed to the height required. They can be planted as a Single Row, a Double Row or even a Triple Row for the most exposed sites.
How long does a woven willow fence last?
Woven hazel fencing can last up to 10 years! Their structure is strong and rigid and allows wind to pass through, which reduces the risk of the fence being damaged by high winds.
How long will willow screening last?
Willow fencing can last 5 – 10 years in moderate climates — much longer than natural reed fencing.
How long do willow fence panels last?
about ten years
The classic rustic fence made from willow is excellent as a windbreaker, and for screening and dividing certain areas in your yard. If they are well cared for they will last for about ten years.
How do you basket weave a wood fence?
- BUILD THE STRUCTURE. Install posts and rails.
- CUT FENCE BOARDS TO FIT. Cut three fence boards about 2 inches longer than the distance between two posts.
- WEAVE THE SPACERS.
- FASTEN LOOSE ENDS OF BOARDS.
- INSTALL A SECOND SET OF SUPPORTS.
- WORK YOUR WAY DOWN THE FENCE.
How to weave a willow fence?
To weave a willow fence you will need some materials. First of all you need willow vine or any other long vine/stems that you can find in abundance in most gardens at this time of year. Look for long straight vines that are strong but also have space to bend.
What kind of willow is used for weaving?
The willow used mostly in commercial basket weaving in the UK is Black Maul a cultivar of Salix Triandra but most willow is ‘weavable’. The thin shoots of the willow tree are known as whips but once cut and dried we call them rods.
What is a living willow fence?
A living fence constructed of willow (Salix spp.) cuttings blocks traffic and provides an attractive appearance of interwoven lattice. Commonly called a fedge, a living willow fence features willows planted at an angle in a diamond weave pattern. Willow cuttings root easily, so the cuttings soon sprout leaves at the top of the fence.
Can You weave with green willow?
Green willow refers to undried willow that in theory could sprout life again if stuck in the ground. If you weave a basket from willow straight off the tree (green) it will shrink as it dries so distorting your baskets shape, this is why we usually work with willow that has been dried and then re-soaked.