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RE: [nafex] Natural fencing Suggestions
an article I found about a hedgeapple or Osage Orange:
the invention of barbed wire in the 1880's, many thousands of miles of hedge
were constructed by planting young Osage Orange trees closely together in a
line. The saplings were aggressively pruned to promote bushy
growth. "Horse high, bull strong and hog
tight." Those were the criteria for a good hedge made
with Osage Orange. Tall enough that a horse would not jump it, stout
enough that a bull would not push through it and woven so tightly that even a
hog could not find its way through! After barbed wire made hedge fences
obsolete, the trees still found use as a source of unbeatable fence posts.
The wood is strong and so dense that it will neither rot nor succumb to the
attacks of termites or other insects for decades. The trees also found use
as an effective component of windbreaks and shelterbelts. They are a
rather thorny plant, if I'm not mistaken.
Another tree to consider is the Hawthorn. I have
"stuck" myself with these several times and it does not tickle. Very long,
needle sharp thorns on these.
I would like
some "living fence" ideas, to keep out unwanted ATV's, ATC's
The gap is about 50' wide, under a bridge, running east west, so
plenty of sun except under the bridge.
People with no
respect for property cut the fence under the bridge
regardless of there
being cattle in the field, to get there fill of fun on
their machines in
the pasture, destroying the grass the cattle feed on,
and presenting a
legal injury problem.
At first I liked poison ivy and those sorts of
things, but that may be too
cruel for even these people.
suggestions on a very cruel, thornded, fast growing plant/shrub/cane
will (over time) fill the gap 50' on the south side, and grow under
I still like the poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac
part of me says not to do it. But i am sure there is no
planting such things on your own property. (evil
Under the bridge is also a haven for kids doing drugs, and I want
that idea too. There must be some good choices to make that a
to pass through, or be in.
Even thought of keeping a
fresh dead skunk under there.
Hardiness zone 6a, southwest Ontario,
spring flooding, damp/dry all
summer, full south sun, shaded under bridge
Cuttings appreciated! (of nasty thorned plants
[smile]) Father inlaw is
getting tired of replacing the fence and
chasing cattle at age 75.
Thought I could help with a living fence to
protect the strands of barbed
wire that cover the gap and run over the
water, keeping the cattle in and
forming a river
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