How To Make A Woven Willow Hurdle/Screen

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  1. bunkie

    bunkie Young Pine

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    oh boy! another thing to make with my willow twigs! thanks sjoerd! looks like a wonderful project. we too have lots of garden 'stuff' that could use a screen in front of it!
     
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    Thank you KK-- Oops, sorry that I reminded you of some unpleasant work to be done.:) hahaha.

    UH oh, BUNKIE-- your posting must have come in as I was typing a response to KK. I'll bet that you have tons of willows where you live. If you go so far as to make a screen, let me know, I'd like to see your handiwork.
     
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    i'll post a pics when i do it sjoerd! hubs has to cut a bunch of the willow trees down in the duck pen. they got way too big and were breaaking off in the winds this summer.
     
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    Oké Bunkie--I shall keep a look-out for them.
    Willows can quickly get away from you if you don't watch out, can't they. They are strong and have a better than average survival "instinct".
     



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    Thanks for those links, Bunkie. I'll bet that the other members will like those as well.

    I wish that I could have a living willow fence or screen. They do look attractive.
    The criss-cross pattern is something that I was planning to make on my next structure. I am planning to make a sort of tunnel-like structure over by the water point....not living though, just the pattern.

    Willow is fun stuff to work with.
     
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    calinromania Young Pine

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    Great screen Sjoerd, and cool links.
    I just happen to hate willow, as we had a few trees on the side of my small flower garden, grew very tall and very quick so in short, they had to go.
    We kept the stems though, and built a fence on them.
    The willows were the "curly" ones, so no branches. twigs could be used for anything.
    But who knows, maybe once, I will attempt to create something as nice.
    And the neighbor to our left got some huge willow trees in front of their house (the weeping willows).
     
  8. Sjoerd

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    Hi Calin,

    Glad that you liked this posting. I know the "curly" kind of willow that you are speaking of.
    If you ever do try making one of these screens, I would suggest some of the other willow types (other than a weeping willow), although their branches might work. I just do not know of anyone that uses the weeping willow for this job.

    Anyhow...do post pics if you make one.
     
  9. bunkie

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    hey sjoerd, how cool is this idea...

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    Hey!--Those look pre-Ty darn impressive. Are you thinking of giving them a try?
     
  11. bunkie

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    i think so sjoerd! everything is still in a frozen state here, but soon. i'll try some small ones first. will post pics.
     
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    You know Bunkie---I would let the willows bloom first before pruning them because the pussy willow "flowers" are some of the most important First sources of pollen for bees.
    Ach...but I reckon that you knew that already.
     
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    good thought sjoerd! but, i could prune soon and then put the limbs in water/duck pond to bloom for the bees... :D
     
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    What a brilliant thought.
    If you do that, let me know how it goes.
    The willow switches that I wove the screens with have bloomed also.....without water. hahaha.
     
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    you know sjoerd, i've seen them bloom without water too! those trees in the pics were from small twigs i stuck in the ground a little over 15 years ago! a gardener friend was pruning his trees and gave them to us. they grow pretty fast!
     
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