I have never understood the reasoning behind getting away from this practice.
I've just been learning about living fences, made with willow. Apparently you can grow willow by shoving a stick of it in the ground - who knew?
EricTheRed wrote:You can speed up the process by ground layering whatever you decide to plant as your fence.
John Polk wrote:
A few generations ago, hedgerows were the common way to fence perimeters, and cross fencing (how can you beat a free fence?). I have never understood the reasoning behind getting away from this practice. Many "spent out" monoculture farms tore out hedgerow cross fences to open up pastures, only to find that the soil along these fence lines was the richest and most fertile soil on the farm!
I've really got no need right now for fences ..but have been building hedgerows and windbreaks around the property, and yeah, they do take forever to grow !! but they are worth it.
Pokletu Staktu wrote:I'd like to start a few fences between my rotating cattle pastures, in zone 4.
Can a tree be selected that's both cattle-holding, as well as cattle forage??
Abe Connally wrote:I would absolutely love to have a nice thick hedge surrounding my entire property, but unfortunately, there are some obstacles with that plan....
dry climate - willows, and most common living fence species require more rain than what we receive. so, I have to look at what will survive locally.
slow with local species - I do have western junipers wild on my property, and there are some wild grapes, and acacia, but we are talking about a fence that will take decades to build.
availability of alternate species - I am sure there are other species that could work here, but getting them might be an issue. Most of the nurseries I have access to have poor selection, and most species are invasive non-natives.