Scott Stiller wrote:Well that was about the coolest thing ever!. Scott
Scott Stiller wrote:Locust trees don’t grow well where I live. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one up close. They are nitrogen fixers and the thorns are definitely a plus.
Mimosa trees are also a nitrogen fixer but they do aggressively spread by seed. I don’t feel like they are an issue on the land I work though. The seedlings are very easy to spot and remove. They can take all the cutting and chopping you can throw at it and continue growing.
Many plants would die if treated like this, true. But many plants can and will shoot up from an established root. The point is that you have to get an established root on your tree or shrub first. In my area, willow, cottonwood, poplar, alder, birch, hazel, and maple would be good candidates. It is important that the plants not die, as a completely dead hedge becomes brittle (which a cow could force its way through, if it was hungry at corn time), and in my opinion is far too much of a fire hazard to keep around. There is a structure called a dead hedge, and you can search about it on this site, and some people advocate them as well.
I can imagine many shrubs not surviving such a rigorous chopping at their base. Seems like you would need some very hardy plants; Or do they not care if the plants die?
Sam White wrote:Hedge laying! The art is seeing a bit of a revival here in the UK, or so it seems when driving around the countryside. The hedging mixes for sale for the establishment of new hesges generally comprise of mostly hawthorn and blackthorn but can also include hazel, willow, cherry... Most of our native deciduous trees can be layed although elder isn't considered desireable. Not sure why but possibly just tradition/superstition.
J Davis wrote:Autumn olive (invasive) and rose of Sharon (bush hibiscus) can handle this type of "abuse".
Loved the video, thanks for posting.
leila hamaya wrote:yeah i saw this when it was posted earlier. very cool little vid.
while everything about it is cool, watching them do this...one of my fave things about this video is the girl helper/intern.
now- it's more gender politics than i like to get into, but for the time and place i am happy to see sister helper there. and she kicks ass too =)
Jotham Bessey wrote:That was a cool and useful video. I bought Osage orange seeds to make a living wall.
I have 29 seedlings growing now.
Does anyone know the maximum spacing to plant trees to create a live edge?