Because this is only our second posting, we were going to show you how we built The Willows, but with it being this time of year we thought we would plant a new fedge.

Thats me cutting last years willow growth ( thats a picture of my best side ). Some of the rods were 8 to 10 feet long.

There was alot !!! and the drive way is long !!!

We cut about 400 rods, and theres still more to cut.

The basic planted fedge.

By crossing the willow like this it makes it stronger and binds it together.

The finished fedge which is about 25 metres long, using about 70 rods of willow.

A few tips for anyone who wants to try this themselves,… make sure that the rods are pushed at least 9 to 12 inches into the ground, otherwise they could fall over or possibly not root. Once you’ve planted a hoop ( two rods planted 4 feet apart and woven together) your next hoop starts with a rod planted in the centre of the hoop.


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. PermaGoddess
    Oct 14, 2011 @ 09:21:07

    Good information on fedging. It’s amazing how easy it is to create a fedge! keep up the good work!


  2. Willowarchway
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 12:35:45

    Thankyou. Willow is such a versatile tree. It’s quick to grow, quick and easy to to plant, brilliant for draining boggy land and the leaves can be composted and used as mulch.


  3. FGoldsmith
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 20:27:03

    Fantastic photos – hard work as ever – but fantastic results as always 🙂


  4. cleggy
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 19:46:49

    well done although it can be tough to start with it is a wonderful way of life. the herb garden looks brill.carry on with this wonderful achievement


  5. Briony
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 21:33:48

    This willow fedge is something been meaning to try will def try to get motivated to cut willow if it ever stops raining I want to do little willow house for 2 grand sons to play in. I am enjoying blog so far keep it up.


  6. Maggie
    Oct 28, 2011 @ 14:41:17

    Your blog is absolutely fascinating. I’m so glad you commented on mine and enabled me to find you!


  7. Bridget Foy (@ArignaGardener)
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 15:15:39

    Excellent post. Great instructions…particularly like the idea of weaving the Willows through each other for stability.


  8. barrovivo
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 23:16:28

    Hi, sorry about this but what exactly is a fedge? I looked it up in my dictionary and the word does not appear. Is it like a coined word, a mixture of fence and something else? And, sorry again, how exactly does that look after the branches have taken roots and started to grow? I mean it looks beautiful as it is but I am very curious about the “after” look…it is the first time I see something like this. And one last thing…sorry…again…Since we have two varieties of willow here in my country, could you tell me which one you used to do that? Was it weeping willow or was it the kind that looks like Italian cypress when it is grown? Thank you!


  9. Willowarchway
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 12:19:16

    You’re absolutely correct that the word fedge is a mix of two words… fence and hedge. Once the fedge starts to grow, each leaf node produces a ‘rod’ that can grow up to 10 feet in one season. You can either cut this rod for re-planting,or you can weave it back into the fedge to thicken it. The type of willow we used was Salix Alba, very common where we live. Hope this answers your questions.E


  10. barrovivo
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 12:54:46

    Thank you! This actually helps a lot. We don’t get White Willow here in Venezuela, but I think I can use one of the local varieties (which I have been unable to identify, but I am working on it) to build a fedge.


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