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Is this going to be pushed into the ground?
The reason for asking- that from my memory bank willow will root quite easily-might not be what you want?/
If you make a fence with live willow it will probably root and become a living willow trellis. If it's dead I'm not sure how long it will last, but then you can buy fencing panels made of it. Have a look at this. There are some good photos of what you can make with living willow.
http://www.livingwillow.com/ and this from the RHS which shows you how to do it.
If you strip the bark off the willow it won't grow. I haven't found it lasts long though whatever I do to it. I haven't found hazel lasts long when pushed into the ground, soon rots. Maybe better with off the ground fence panels.
This has changed a bit now, this was few years ago when we completed house . The trellis would go other side of the panel as i have clematis growing up now and i grow my sweet peas here.
The red robin i lost so with the red dogwood hacked and the neighbours oil tank now moved i have a gap where they sit so can see us sat on deck and right into our garden. thought i would plant another laurel in place of red robin then screen off the deck some more with trellis.
Hi bunny, we used hazel as a make shift trellis type structure to block a gap in the hedge. About 4-5 verticals and then the rest was woven in horizontally.
Also used fresh cut hazel for stakes to support Lupins, was very surprised last year that the stakes started growing fresh shoots, not sure if they are going to sprout this year.
Not had any experience about willow but OH tells me they go soft quickly
Made my 'rustic trellis' using bits of chestnut fencing, looks good. I have 3 now and enough for another one. At previous house used old willow from broken obelisk as well. more fragile. but was not 'green' therefore no risk of growing/ Did use light weight green wire rather than string.
ps based on site 'how to' section
I guess you could twist willow together while soft and then hang and let dry. Should look good
I guess you could twist (plait) willow together while soft and then hang and let dry. Should look good
I have found a Hazel grove that I can harvest and use for trellis. I bumped into the land owner and the deal is, if i cut and use some, I plant some more. Hazel will come just by pushing it in the ground so you will have the same problem. However, I put a rusty nail in the based of them all and none of mine took but when I walked down to grove, they had all taken and sending shoots out well.
Sorry how many times do you need that message
Lol Bunny and Rosa, if Im being honest...now I see the twisting idea...neither am I I LOVE that idea. Im going to have a wonder in the grove to see what I can find.
Here are 2 of mine made from chestnut fencing. Realised they were already fastened together so left the wire on. I have another at opposite end of garden that is strung together using the green wire which is not noriceable.
The great thing about this idea is that anything can be used to suit garden style - bamboo canes, willow, old bits of chestnut fencing what ever is to hand but they must be strong enough to support plants. My 2 in this photo have very new clematis and a small rambling rose