A Historical Perspective
Wattle fences may be one of the oldest types of fencing still in use today. They were used in England long before Medieval times. Traditionally the fences are built from straight, slender, flexible suckers or saplings of the willow tree up to 1-1/2" diameter. After the leaves are stripped, the ”withies” are woven between upright wood posts. Willow is an ideal wood because it is pliable and resists splintering. Other species, such as alder, can also be used. A good resource is "How To Build A Wattle Fence" from the Alaska Botanical Garden or have a look at this helpful video:
Benefits and Uses
Wattle fences are very strong and long-lasting. Willow posts often take root in the ground creating a living fence, perfect for containing animals and enclosing gardens and orchards. And the density of the fence makes an ideal windbreak.
The rustic, handwoven appearance of wattle fencing adds an attractive defining touch to any yard, garden or landscape. Some possible uses:
- plant supports
- garden accents
- hurdles or fence panels
- attractive garden borders to line walkways
Add interest to your landscape--
Wattle construction is a great way to use trimmings for fence building materials. Instead of burning or destroying branches, use them in a creative way to beautify and add interest to your landscaping. Even though
What ways can you think of to use wattle fence?
Would you want a wattle fence in your yard? Interested in other unique styles of fencing? Have a look at this blog.