The horizontal poles would rot before the living tree would start to grow around the pole.
Doug mentioned there is a polish word for this technique. I want to put it out there: anybody know what that polish name is?
im actually planning on creating one this fall with 8 apple trees. i hope to 4 different varieties with dwarf root stock and plant 2 of each.
i'm sure that with goats or even cattle, they would not live very long.
Brenda Groth wrote:
another really beautiful living fence is when you plant your trees and stake them on a 45 degree angle..either all one direction or crossing like an x..to form a fence..you can use a lot of tree types or shrubs to form these fences which will last forever..
That sounds like a great idea. What species do you think would be suitable for this creation? Also do you think there is a possibility that the trees would be too weak from leaving over completely to one side?
i'm thinking of trying this with some of my shrubs and trees. ..
i read thru the article but they really didn't tell, or i didn't see, how they got the original hedges planted..what they used if it was cuttings or already rooted plants.
While some of the plant varieties are not available in my area, I researched similar plants to incorporate into what we want for a hedge. He covers some of the information about certain tree or shrub varieties that if you plant the limbs, they will sprout and make a living fence, such as willow.
anyhow: in Costa Rica, I saw an awful lot of living fence posts. it looked to me like a tree would be pollarded about four feet high, then the long straight poles that were cut off were cut into fence posts and spaced maybe ten feet apart. those posts would root and sprout and then be pollarded in turn when they were large enough. the resulting poles were used for new fence, or to fill in the existing fence. barbed wire was stapled to these living fence posts, and I imagine that by the time it rusted away, there would be enough posts to keep livestock in. these fences were containing cattle, as far as I could tell.
I don't know what the species was, as I'm rather ignorant of Central American flora, but I suspect there are species that will work for a similar fence most places. I've just started trying this out with black locust where I'm at (danger! danger!), for example, with promising results so far. might not grow in as fast as in the tropics, but I bet it will work.
Brenda Groth: I think your idea is worth a shot. not all trees are going to root very well, but at the very least willows will work. other species might root better at different times of year, too.
A must for anyone who wants to grow a hedge in a damp mild climate