I started building a short wattle fence around my largest flower garden yesterday. It really compliments the flowers and looks so much nicer than the rock border I tried before (it was hard to mow around so the grass grew up and covered the rocks!). I was surprised at how easy it was to make. It's a great early spring project when there isn't much else that can be done yet!
First, I cut 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter, 12-18 inch long, stakes from some newly fallen trees on our property. (Do be careful with the hand saw, though! I cut my finger to the bone with it last year!) The hammer is to pound them into the ground with. I found that it was actually pretty easy to just push them into the ground by hand, because it is very soft right now.
It may help to cut the ends of the thicker stakes like this before driving them into the ground.
I placed the stakes about 18 inches apart. They could be closer if you want a tighter fence.
For the fence, you'll need planty of long, flexible branches that are as straight as possible (I had some trouble finding enough that were straight, as you can probably tell from the picture!) Most of the branches I used were Box Elder side shoots and Red Osier dogwood. They are woven between the stakes. When you have built up to the height you want, start again at the next section until you complete the fence.
Almost done! And my next project is a bean arbor! :)
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