Making a living WillOW HEDgE
Winter is the ideal time to plant a willow hedge, as the dormant rods are at their most flexible for weaving. A stretch of turf will need to be dug out, which can be carried away in a wheelbarrow and stacked to rot down into loam for use elsewhere in the garden.
Step 1: A length of thick twine is pegged out, tying each end to stick posts, to mark the desired length of the hedge. A spade’s width of turf or groundcover is removed alongside the marker. Step 1a: A trench is then dug into the exposed soil, approximately 10in (25cm) deep.