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Living Willow Fence




  • Planting bar
  • Yardstick
  • Living willow rods
  • Elastic
  • Shears (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Use planting bar and yardstick to make evenly spaced holes in the ground. Insert tall willow rods (to serve as stakes).

  2. Step 2

    Plant an extra rod at each end for structural support.

  3. Step 3

    Weave several willow rods horizontally through the planted rods, ensuring that the vertical rods stand sturdily.

  4. Step 4

    Make holes between the vertical rods. Plant additional willows in the holes, and weave them diagonally through the vertical rods from left to right, then from right to left. Tie the diagonal rods to vertical rods with elastic.

  5. Step 5

    Trim the top of the vertical rods (optional).

  6. Step 6

    Water the fence, and continue to water throughout the growing season. Green should appear within one to two weeks. Prune as needed.

The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5128



Reviews (6)

  • jasont 27 Jul, 2013

    non living willow fences, edging, trellis and many other variety of designs and sizes at

  • courtsham 16 Apr, 2010

    Can you post the video so others can see this "Awesome" willow fence I keep hearing about? Thanks

  • NDfan 15 Apr, 2010

    Not only is Bonnie Gale a highly talented artist, she?

  • CKorejko 14 Apr, 2010

    If I moved after I had planted a willow fence could I cut down it down and replant the whole fence? I would also like to know if the climate zone in Southern Montana would work for willows.

  • Zuckererbse 14 Apr, 2010

    What climate zone do willows require, and can they be grown in Southern California?

  • jardinera 14 Apr, 2010

    Do willows require special soil and moisture? In other words what is the culture of willows?