has anyone noticed their living fence sprouting roots where debris collect?
I have a notion that if i start to form terraces as a living fence made from willow gradually backfilled that the stems will produce roots where they are exposed to the soil and mulch. I live on a slope that has so much moisture that the less sloped areas directly next to my property are swamp meaning it never dries out. above my property is an ancient 500 or so year old and regional system of resivours connected to eachother by channels that are there to distribute water evenly throught out the year around the mountains (its a unesco world heritage site as well called Harz mountains waterworks worth looking up). I have the whole summer long an evenly moist non saturated soil. My plan is to divide the field into paddocks with these living fences, to make shallow-er swales to help control the very slight sheet erosion and to use the soil to create berms to plant trees. the berms will be level with the terrace when its finished and the swales and downhill area will be more gradually backfilled to the height of the berm. I -reckon- that if i back fill the stems before they turn brown they would produce roots. I have left willow logs on the surface of the ground the thickness of my leg which have sprouted new stems and roots with only leaves around it. I worry though because a plant might not do that if it already has an established root system.
Location: Rainy Cold Temperate Harz Mountains Germany 450m South Facing River Valley