Zone 6B, granitic alfisol, disturbed, somewhat poorly drained
Ok, there are some good posts on living fence/coppice/hedgerows, but how do you get them started, especially when you already have livestock and don't want to spend $1,000s for a permanent fence that you don't want long term? I had one idea, make a wattle fence from trimmings and thinnings. I suspect the wattle should last 5 years, sheep proof and add enough structure for the coppice plants to take root, grow and start to develop into a permanent living fence. Planting being on the opposite side of the pesky sheep.
One day this past june, I was trimming up trees for fire protection and looking at them thinking what a mess. And then I was down in the forest thinning out 4" dbh pines... It got my thinker going, well, I needed a fence. So, I started to build it, and then realized this would be a perfect structural start to protect a hedge row until the living fence could be established and laid properly.
Posts: thinned 4" diam pondo timber, pointed with a chainsaw and hammered upsidedown (top of tree side down) about 2-3ft below soil surface. Posts placed ~3ft apart.
Wattle: all those trimmings from limbing up trees. just woven all artsy.
1) I wonder if any of you have seen this done in this way?
2) Anyone have any other suggestions on how to start a hedge row with animals, suggestions/thoughts (?)
3) Anyone have a good source for cheap hundreds of plants (hoping $1 each)
thinking thornless locust but a quicker growing tree would be ideal for interplanting. I doubt poplars will grow well in this part of the property without longterm irrigation, but then again, our cherries apples and pears are not irrigated. there might be a good drought tolerant poplar i'm not familiar with.
Food for thought. Looking forward to a good conversation.