Fence Ideas

Always on the lookout for great garden ideas, I saw a couple of fences in Norway this past summer that were really beautiful, used natural materials and helped to recycle the bounty of the land.

Saplings were dug deeply into the ground in pairs and bound together at intervals along their length. Some of them used wire and others used natural fibers. Then other saplings and prunings were laid in at an angle, supported by the places the fence posts are lashed together. It looked so beautiful and so totally at home in the landscape, while serving to define spaces and keep livestock contained.

The diagonal slats are held between pairs of uprights.

This other fence is a  variation on the same construction method. Saplings were dug into the ground in pairs and bound together, but this time the cut pieces were laid horizontally for a more traditional, “Split Rail” look.

Try this for a variation on split rail fencing!

I dont even remember where or when I saw these other two fencing ideas, bit I think they are both really usable and easily doable. The first, which would be great along a walkway, uses waist height fence posts with a hole drilled near the top of each one. The second, which was seen at the front of a perennial  bed, uses shorter posts with two large nails driven in. The principal is the same though: By lacing forward and then back, the rope  is tensioned through the holes or the nails and is held taut.

This last photo is of a  display in Anthropolgie’s window at the mall. While this one wasn’t constructed for outdoor use, I can easily see a sturdier version for a perennial bed or the back of a garden. It is nothing more than some yarn wrapped sticks screwed to a single rail behind. I’d add a second rail to stabilize the fence and  a couple of sturdy uprights along its length for anchoring it to the ground.   And maybe a little more color . .

This fence made a great window display, but I think it could also be fabulous in the garden!

About Susan Guagliumi

I am an author, craftsperson and a gardener. My proposal for a book tentatively titled "The Artful Gardener" was just accepted by Stewart, Tibori and Chang Publishers. Although this will be my fifth book, it is the first outside the area of hand/machine knitting. The manuscript is due early in 2013 and the book is scheduled for Spring of 2014. A somewhat longer process than giving birth to a child, embarking on an author's journey can be just as daunting, exciting and almost as fulfilling.
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