Plessage is a technique of creating a living fence by weaving a row of plants. It started as a way to allow Europeans farmers as much "forest" as possible along the edges of their fields, as well as providing all the other functions of a wall.
"Laying a hedge" is the 2,000+ year-old method of chain link fencing, except the fence is alive. Some hedges alive today in the UK were laid before the Dark Ages! "A living hedge not only keeps livestock fenced but also prevents soil erosion and water runoff. Living hedges are good wind blocks and snow collectors as well as habitat to birds, insects and small mammals. " The photo shown is a freshly laid hedge.
Green Barrier™ living willow hedges, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing. They provide almost instant screening, even in winter. The willow establishes very quickly after planting and creates an attractive green hedge in as little as 2 months.
hedge with summer foliage. A living hedge not only keeps livestock fenced but also prevents soil erosion and water runoff. Living hedges are good wind blocks and snow collectors as well as habitat to birds, insects and small mammals. And they sequester carbon, rather than produce it, such as during the maufacture of chain link or plastic. Photo by Penny Mayes.
Pleaching: use hazelnut/filberts, wild plum, . . . "'pleaching', involves cutting saplings (usually hawthorn, blackthorn or hazel) almost all the way through, then pushing the cut stems down so they lie nearly horizontally and securing them with stakes and plaited bindings. The cuts quickly heal and the stems send out new twigs... Hedge-laying is an ancient skill...To lay a hedge takes time, but the results are beautiful and long-lasting, as well as providing a great habitat for wildlife."