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Willow kit for fence & arch

Willow kit for fence and arch


This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Measurements of structures:
  • Arch 1m (3.5ft deep) or fence up to 4m (13ft)

  • In this kit you will receive:
  • 5kg - 10ft main uprights
  • 3kg - 8ft diagonals
  • 2kg - 4-5ft non-living weaving

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moist, but well drained
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A living willow fence is a cross between a hedge and a fence, giving a softer more natural decorative screen which will change throughout the year. In the winter it provides structure and form to add interest to the garden, and in spring new fresh green shoots will appear, growing and thickening as you weave them into the framework through the summer.

    Offering height and form to the garden, a living willow arch is a spectacular addition. Growing this alongside the living fence, you can form an attractive natural divider in your garden which could be leading down to a vegetable plot or a private seating area.

    The willow supplied is freshly cut and sold between February and April, which is the best time for planting. There will be times when there is no availability, but please do click 'Email me when available' and we will contact you as soon as we start taking orders for the next season.

    As the willow rods are living plants, once you receive your kit make sure you place the plants in water to keep them alive until you are able to plant.

    To create the arch you will need an area 1m (3ft 5") deep, and for the fence up to 4m (13ft) long. The overall length of the fence or arch will depend on the denseness of the planting.

    There are a few extra bits that you will need to help you get going: spade, tape measure, marker pegs (these you can make out of the willow rods), spike to make holes to plant the willow rods, biodegradable twine, multi-purpose compost, scissors, secateurs and a watering can to water the willow when planted.

    Full instructions on how to plant the willow rods to create an arch or fence are included with the kit.

  • Garden care: Willow is tolerant of most soil types, but preferably not free draining. The varieties of willow in this kit do not have an invasive root system, however care should be taken not to plant too close to buildings or drains. Although willow is a hardy plant, we cannot guarantee vigorous growth as different types of soil and the geographic area can determine its success.

    All living willow features must be kept well watered, certainly for the first season. During the growing season new growth can be woven in to thicken up your feature. Gradually weave in the new living growth to replace the non-living bands. When dormant, trim back any unwanted growth. Remember what you are creating is not static, it will be continually developing and changing, and thicken up over time. That is the beauty of a living structure!
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