Wattle fencing originated in England and was traditionally woven with willow or hazel branches. However, it can incorporate a variety of twigs, reeds, or branches you find outdoors (namely oak, elder, hornbeam and ash).
Material-wise, it is an inexpensive option for fencing, garden walls, screens, or even raised bed planters because most of the material is repurposed from trimmings. Labor-wise, it is truly handmade and will take some time but will produce wonderfully varied, organic results.
Check out these inspirations from around the web for using wattle as a fencing material:
- This wattle screen provides shade in a garden, from Webshots via Timonty Lee Landscape Design's pinterest.
- I love this contemporary application of wattle in a garden by landscape architect Andrea Cochran.
- A high wattle fence panel from Detroit Garden Works
- A wattle fence being constructed by England's Go Wild Landscapes
- Wattle is one type of barrier recommended by Organic Gardening for building a raised bed garden.
(Images: as linked above)
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