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A dead hedge

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new dead hedge on the east bank

I’d read about “dead hedges” and thought they would be a good way of putting some sort of – cheap – barrier up on the bank between us and the forest on the east side of the garden. It hasn’t happened yet but wild boar and deer could easily wander in one night and eat through the garden!

It would also be a way of disposing of the large amount of “brash” (foliage, small branches etc) we seem to generate.¬†You just need to select some thickish branches to form the stakes for either side of the hedge, then infill to form the hedge.

Its going OK at the moment and looking just like the photos I saw online, which is always heartening. We will extend as we generate more brash and coppice and “lay” some of the smaller trees on the bank to help form the barrier.

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looking along the top of the hedge, stakes at either side.

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dead hedge with forest behind

You can more information about dead hedges at the following links.

http://www.askorganic.co.uk/composting/Make%20a%20Dead%20Hedge.htm

http://www.farminmypocket.co.uk/healthy-soil/designing-the-plot/how-to-make-a-dead-hedge

http://allanshepherd.com/2008/04/02/the-low-carbon-garden-making-wattle-hurdles-and-dead-hedges/

http://www.inspirationgreen.com/hedge-laying.html