Living willow screen

Pauline O\’Reilly asked 13 years ago

While watching the BBC programme “Wild about your garden” recently I saw them construct a living willow screen.As one would be ideal in my garden could you please tell me how to go about it. Many Thanks.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
The programme must not have been very instructive!

Anyway, it is simple to set up a screen of willow, if you can get long willow branches. This are simply stuck in the ground.. in a hole made with a bar of some sort … and firmed in. They can be set between 15 and 30 cm apart and formed to make a diagonal lattice. The willow stems root and grow and pruning is need to keep the new stems tidy. Unwanted stems can be taken off in summer and winter. If not cared for, the willow grows to make a thicket of stems.