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Ideas For Fedges

Our Standard Fedge Kits are based

on 6 inch spacing between whips - that is, one foot spacing between the whips planted on the same diagonal and then planting those on the other diagonal in between.

Allowing for 6 to 9 inches to

go into the ground to root and depending on how steep the angle

you plant the whips at, 6 foot long whips will give you a structure

4 to 5 ft high to the tips and 8 foot long whips will give you a structure

5 1/2 to 6 1/2 ft high to the tips.

BUT, as with all living willow 'work' there are no strict rules, so you might want to do something a bit different -  and here are a few ideas to help you.

Please e-mail or telephone if you have any ideas you would like to discuss.

Firstly, you might want to plant the whips further apart or closer together

- just work out how many of which length of whips you need and order those -

but remember that you can weave in the new growth as it comes, so your criss cross structure will become denser, and there will be top growth too which should easily double the height of the structure in the growing season - but this top growth should all be cut back in winter to the original height . . . . . . . . . . unless you want to use some of the

whips to, say, create extra height with arches  . . . .   or circular 'windows'

. . . . . . Or ? ? ?

Either with one of our Fedge kits or with your own design you might want to tie

down or weave/wrap around the tips to create an initial flat top to your fedge as in the photographs below. You can use a piece of string or wire linking your end posts.

Or lie another whip or twig to give you your guide line

At the end of the run of a Fedge you bend the

last whips around an end post and back into the

criss-cross pattern to complete it.  These vertical

posts can be a thicker piece of willow, or any other

post you might want (or it could be linked to a Living Willow Bower or Tunnel) . . .  or  . . .  you could make

a twisted/plaited end post like this one to the left - the stems will eventually pressure graft together and

they will root just as well as single whips.

We mainly sell long whips of  Salix Viminalis 'Bowles Hybrid' for living willow structures as it consistently provides long straight whips in one season's growth which are ideal for these projects.  However, if you would like to buy whips of some of our other varieties of willow please get in touch to check on availability - as we do not grow these in as great a quantity as the 'Bowles Hybrid' and in the case of Salix Candida and Salix Daphnoides Aglaia they need to be planted in the first half of the season before the catkins start growing. The Fedge shown above is of Salix Alba Vitellina, showing new growth in

mid-May having been planted in January.

If you do not want a dense living willow divide in

your garden, but something more open, how about little arches joined together to make a scalloped appearance by pushing both ends of a willow whip into the ground

- Yes ! Both ends will root ! See the photographs below.

Above, as planted in January.

To the right, showing new growth in early May.

It is best to cut the top tip of the willow off by

about a foot as this gives a wider point to push into the earth. However, as you will see from the middle row in our experimental patch using two whips together gives a

better appearance and is easier to plant.

I cut the tips off as mentioned above and then held

the two whips together but the opposite way around - that is, butt end (thick end) to tip end - then wound them around each other and then, still holding them together at the end, pushed each end into the prepared soil by about 6 inches.

I found that 7 ft long whips (then trimmed) would make arches about 18 inches high and 30 inches long - so an overlapping arched pattern as above would use 14 x 7 ft long whips (ie 7 pairs) to cover a 10 ft length.

But - again - this is not the only way . . .

what would you like to make ?


Ideas For Fedges

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