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#1 of 2 Old 09-23-2012, 12:10 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Greetings,

 

Our school wants to plant a "fedge" - a living, bended-branch hedge - in our new schoolyard.

 

Our problem is the usual fedge material - willows and similar plants - are very attractive to moose and we want to minimize moose visits to the schoolyard here in Alaska.

 

Has anyone advice or experience creating a fedge out of conifers - say spruce, pine, tamarack - they could share with me?

 

This is not necessarily a "Waldorf" topic, but I know this is a feature in many play yards.  I'm looking forward to your advice and referrals to others.

 

Here's some discussion on what a fedge is, if that helps...  http://www.bluestem.ca/living-willow-structures.htm

 

Thanks.

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Willows are very different from conifers in both growth habits and flexibility. Have you ever heard of espalier? I think this technique would be better suited to conifers. Were you planning to do a simple wall or did you want an arched tunnel? Here is a decent PDF that shows some ways conifers can be shaped. http://www.hrt.msu.edu/assets/PagePDFs/bert-cregg/ConiferCornerCulturallyAltered.pdf

 

I hope to plant a fruit tree espalier next spring and have done some reading on the topic. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions and I will try to point you in the right direction.

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