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Does anybody have any advice on building wattle fences? I've recently cut down hundreds of over crowded Yuapon trees and started on building a fence with them. I've got the heavier branches (3"-4" dia) set as posts into the ground at about 18"-24" inches deep and set apart at 2 1/2', which I think should be suitable but please correct me if I'm wrong. And I have branches that are about 4'-8' in length and around 3/4"-2" in dia. to weave with.

The problem that I'm running into is that quite a few of the weaving branches are very curvy and refuse to be woven in. Should I just leave the curved ones out and just figure out something else to do with them or is there a secret to utilizing them? Or am I just over thinking the whole thing  ?

Let me know also if you think I have the post too close together or too far apart. And how high would be too high to go with the fence? I was thinking about 5 feet, but I'm not to sure.

Thanks,
Dom
 
                                        
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what is your fence for?
 
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Make sure the material you're using is lightweight, like willow, or that your fence is not tall.  I built quite a lot of 5' tall wattle fence from juniper branches and the fence eventually fell over from its own weight. 

Personally I would discard the branches that don't want to behave.  If you force them, they may deform the fence.  Just use the nice thin straight flexible branches (1/2" - 1").  It's best to use them freshly cut if possible, or keep them moist so they don't get dry and stiff.
 
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does yaupon rot fast when in the soil? the thing i would be worried about most would be the posts. we use black locust and osage orange here for our fence posts, and sometimes i even char the bottom ft or two lightly. some have wattles between then made with split bamboo. it bends easy, easy to work with, bamboo reproduces extremely fast for a sustainable source, and looks nice.
 
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