Mike Jay wrote:
What about willows as your fence? They grow fast and can be propagated by poking in the ground.
Mike Jay wrote:I didn't look up all of these suggestions, but Russian Olive, Autumn Olive and Black Locust are all restricted invasive species in WI so we're not supposed to introduce them. I'd personally use black locust if it weren't for that restriction.
jenni blackmore wrote:Hi Todd, I was on a 'fedging' kick a couple of years ago and wove together some lovely willow fences, which were super successful except for one Big Mistake! I 'fedged' willow around one of my most fertile in-ground veggie beds. The willow grew like crazy and was great at keeping the geese out. It wasn't until it came to harvest time (potatoes that year) that I realized the full extent of my mistake. The willow had sucked all the nutrients out of the soil.
Yes, I definitely should have known better and certainly it's a mistake I probably won't make again, especially as it was a massive struggle to remove the mega root systems that had developed in less than two years from a bunch of twigs pushed in the ground. I still advocate 'fedging' but only in places where the nutritional demands of the living fence aren't detrimental to surrounding growth.
jenni blackmore wrote:I do have pictures but (shame on me) have not yet figured how to post them on this forum. I will hopefully figure it out soon.
Todd Parr wrote:Mike, I found a different site that said Black Locust is native to the southern part of Wisconsin. Maybe no one is sure?
Todd Parr wrote:Rez, you make a good point about Russian Olive. I have lots of Autumn Olive growing here and it thrives, so I'm guessing Russian Olive would do well also.
Travis Johnson wrote:I guess I am missing something. I know Black Locust and other trees are rot resistant, but if it is a LIVING fence then isn't that a very mute point? I think I would go with something like willow.
I would be hesitant to plant species of trees on the invasive species list as well. While I understand that government often does bureaucratic things, at the same time, they typically start from well-meaning ideas. A case in point is currant bushes. While it is true a person can get tasty currant juice, they also are host to the White Pine Blister rust and on our farm where White Pine used to be prolific here, only the occasional tree is left. It is kind of sad considering Maine is the Pine Tree State and that we have ideal soil for it. While I understand people may enjoy currant juice, if they introduced currant bushes to their farm and it bordered mine, and subsequently killed what few White Pine I do have, I would be irate for having them break the law at my expense. I am not one to sue or send the law after them, but a farm does have the potential for such action if they do.
Todd Parr wrote:The area I'm "fencing" is on the lower border of my property between my land and a very swampy low area that I think will keep it from spreading. I have some runoff at the bottom with some erosion. The locust trees are supposed to be really good at stopping that as well, and I don't have machinery to dig swales, so I haven't started that there. The only place the trees could really spread would be upwards on my own land and if it becomes an issue, I'll use my customary black rubber roofing material to make a strip 6 or 8 feet weed to kill off sprouts.