I'd like to take the opportunity to start a discussion about stick-built fencing here on permies, i would like to start the discussion the easy way, by sharing a link to a blog article i recently wrote. But I would like the discussion to deepen a little bit, good tidbits may make the podcast episode if I see them fast enough.
have any of you experimented with any of the types of fence discussed in the article?
any other fencing you have done with salvaged or harvested material? I'd love to see the work that other permies have done, and if you cant tell from the blog, I find wattle fencing to be quite attractive and modified debris fencing to be simple yet practical so I'd love to see what everyone has done with those options!
I love the simplicity and elegance of wattle fences. That's what I'm planning to use for gates in my paddock system/terraces. For the actual "fence line" I'll be growing black locust in situ, pollarding, and stacking the brush on the uphill side.
I only skimmed it, but article seems incredibly thorough!
You might want to check out the YouTube channel Edible Acres.
It has quite a few videos about their multi-species living fence.
At my house I'm replacing the wire mesh on my fence with unfinished branches used like balusters.
They are secured with deck screws to the top and bottom rails.
Grapevines and black raspberry canes grow into the wire fencing, making training or pruning them a nightmare.
I often find myself cutting the wire mesh rather than harm the plant, and eventually that leads to no fence at all
Branches are free, too thick for the plants to grow around in a season or too, and easily removed to disentangle them from the vines.
Best of all, the mulberry tree that grows along side the fence is pollarded semi annually to supply new parts for the fence.