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Living Willow Fence

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5128


  • Planting bar

  • Yardstick

  • Living willow rods

  • Elastic

  • Shears (optional)


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

  2. Plant an extra rod at each end for structural support.

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

  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. Trim the top of the vertical rods (optional).

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

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