Casie Becker wrote:It wouldn't be pretty, but one of the ways people around here do espalier is to build a trellis with sturdy posts and cattle panel stretched between. Depending on how well behaved these children are (would they refrain from actually tearing down a whole section of fencing?) The trellis itself would serve as a very light duty fence while the trees grew. Not pretty isn't the same thing as ugly either, just very unimpressive until it was covered with tree growth.
How important is it to use rust-resistant and how much would the rust show? I've had a chicken wire fence around my garden for at least 6-7 years to keep rabbits out and I've noticed almost no rust, but then there haven't been plants climbing on it.
I'm thinking regular woven mesh made with thick wire, possibly doubled up to make it more resistant to balls and climbing, but I don't know anymore.
The 6' tall 100' roll that is currently offered I have found very dimensionally stable even on steel posts at 8' intervals.
Robert Johnson wrote:My kid walked into the rd and scared the crap out of me one day. As I am often broke I had to really think of something. I do my aunts yard and she had an area that i did not usually mow. So there were a bunch of saplings and cedars in an area that she wanted to eventually have a garden. So I had been thinking of a wattle fence and I saw my opportunity to to do it. Took about three days with a cane knife and a chainsaw. I didn't concrete the cedar posts in as the structure supports itself. It was a lot of fun. Gonna do my back yard too soon. Now everyone slows down and looks as they drive by, making the road safer in the process!
If your posts are in and still solid, do a search for non-climbable field fencing. Though it's meant to keep horses, sheep and goats from climbing, perhaps it's also at least somewhat resistant to small tennis shoes. Look for field fencing meant to stop the smaller animals such as sheep and goats.
I'm wondering whether you have considered that children are likely to grow up and move on to other pastimes faster than a living fence will take to control them. Unless there is a succession of them, as in a school or if there is a high turnover in owners/ renters in the property next door.
Not to trellis on, because kids will climb it and hurt the plants. Have you looked into Osage orange living fences?
How about using the fence as a trellis for thornless blackberries? They grow relatively quickly, are easier than training espaliered fruit and the kids in our old neighborhood loved picking them to snack on. . .
I wrote a little about it on my website: http://dustinbajer.com/espalier-fruit-trees/
Lorinne Anderson wrote: As your posts are solid my go to is always metal roofing panels - it is climb proof (kids and kritters), requires no maintenance, and creates a micro climate by limiting wind, retaining heat, and if shiny metal is used to even increase (albeit slightly) the temp in the enclosed area - like a micro climate.