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: 13,462

    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

     

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,882

    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

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  • 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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