I've have made a living fence of hawthorn. Purchased mail order rooted cuttings from a nursery in Manitoba (20 years ago). They can be pruned to what ever width & height you like, interwoven, tied together. I let them grow vertical the first year then tied the leaders/branches horizontal and interweaved them. It worked out well.
Thomas Olenio wrote:
I would like some "living fence" ideas, to keep out unwanted ATV's, ATC's
and dirt bikes.
The gap is about 50' wide, under a bridge, running east west, so there is
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.
Any suggestions on a very cruel, thornded, fast growing plant/shrub/cane
that 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 approach, but
part of me says not to do it. But i am sure there is no law against
planting such things on your own property. (evil grin)
Under the bridge is also a haven for kids doing drugs, and I want to kill
that idea too. There must be some good choices to make that a nasty place
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 structure.
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 gate.
Ontario, Hardiness Zone 6a
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