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Living Fences

Conventional fences both require the use or recourses and don’t take long before they require maintenance from human energy. A living fence on the other hand will last for generations whilst providing usable organic materials.

People would choose different plants depending on the purposes they want the fence for.  If it’s chosen to hold animals, species the animals would not eat would be chosen. Bamboo could be used for food and building materials. Some examples include trees with bushy shrubs planted between, or a hedge, or a row of raspberries.

Dwarf varieties can be chosen for a low laying fence and excess branches can be cut off from a high fence and used as mulch or feed elsewhere.

A creative use of plants for fencing is to grow plants in a row. The process is known as pleaching. A gentle abrasion creates an opening on the branches. The two openings are tied together and a living bond will grow between the plants.  Read more at

A living fence grown from salix willow

An earlier developmental stage.

Salix Willow Living Fence
Living Willow Fence
Living Apple Tree Fence
Living Espalier Apple Fence
Espalier Apple Fence

Some species that can be pleached include apple, peach, pear, almond, hazelnut, olive, grapes. Frequent pruning and tying new growth directs the plant into new patterns.