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Talk about a clever idea: willow switches just stuck in the ground will bend easily and sprout with little encouragement. Hey presto - living fence!

"Espalier is a horticultural technique of pruning and grafting used together to train trees to create two-dimensional forms with the branches. This technique was originally developed during the Middle Ages as a way to grow fruit trees within castle walls, without taking up space needed for other activities, and to add decoration to the walls."

Would love to do this as a living fence behind the house, use climbing roses, hops and other pretty climbing flowers to make it prettier

A living fence from Michael Ryan's - Journal

live willow hedge - beautiful structures!

Living willow has long been used for fencing. Once developed it makes a very strong and effective barrier for animals, because when willows are planted close to one another and twined together they will actually graft into one another.

Woven fence with red dogwood branches. Would this keep the deer out? Or would this be the first course and the apple trees the second?

Here's a "grow-your-own fence" - the pollarded willows not only supply the withes, they're also the fence posts, not to mention that their roots also keep the banking in place from erosion.