Rustic trellis

On the site I have been reading about making a rustic trellis from hazel poles, I have quite a few willow trees (prev owner was tree daft) , do you think it would work with willow instead ? It will attach to inner of pergola as screen from neighbour (who hacked my dogwood so they now have grand view of my back garden ) grrrr.
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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Is this going to be pushed into the ground?

    The reason for asking- that from my memory bank willow will root quite easily-might not be what you want?/

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,087

    If you make a fence with live willow it will probably root and become a living willow trellis. If it's dead I'm not sure how long it will last, but then you can buy fencing panels made of it. Have a look at this. There are some good photos of what you can make with living willow.

    http://www.livingwillow.com/        and this from the RHS which shows you how to do it.

    http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=588

     

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,226

    If you strip the bark off the willow it won't grow.  I haven't found it lasts long though whatever I do to it. I haven't found hazel lasts long when pushed into the ground, soon rots. Maybe better with off the ground fence panels.

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    No I was going to use them horizontally and this would attach to my pergola , I have had willow trying to grow itself before so I steer from getting anywhere near the ground. I shall find a pic of where I mean see what you think .
  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455

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    This has changed a bit now, this was few years ago when we completed house . The trellis would go other side of the panel as i have clematis growing up now and i grow my sweet peas here.

    The red robin i lost so with the red dogwood hacked and the neighbours oil tank now moved i have a gap where they sit so can see us sat on deck and right into our garden. thought i would plant another laurel in place of red robin then screen off the deck some more with trellis.image

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,339

    Hi bunny, we used hazel as a make shift trellis type structure to block a gap in the hedge. About 4-5 verticals and then the rest was woven in horizontally.

    Also used fresh cut hazel for stakes to support Lupins, was very surprised last year that the stakes started growing fresh shoots, not sure if they are going to sprout this year.

    Not had any experience about willow but OH tells me they go soft quickly

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    Thanks Hollie hock , I may have look at hazel too.
  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Made my 'rustic trellis' using bits of chestnut fencing, looks good. I have 3 now and enough for another one. At previous house used old willow from broken obelisk as well. more fragile. but was not 'green' therefore no risk of growing/ Did use light weight green wire rather than string.

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    Thanks think I shall just have to 'have a go' and see what I can create, I was thinking of using some green garden wire great. Just need a dry and less gale force day now ...and no help from lab !
  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Made my 'rustic trellis' using bits of chestnut fencing, looks good. I have 3 now and enough for another one. At previous house used old willow from broken obelisk as well. more fragile. but was not 'green' therefore no risk of growing/ Did use light weight green wire rather than string.

    ps based on site 'how to' section

    I guess you could twist willow together while soft and then hang and let dry. Should look good

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