Living Fences: How-To, Advantages and Tips

Durable for generations, living fence protect soil, contain livestock, provide wildlife habitat, and sometimes even provide wood.



living fences
Living fences offer a more sustainable, longer-lasting fencing option for your homestead.
ILLUSTRATION: KRISTIN HURLIN
starting a living fence
Plant Osage orange in the spring, then lay seedlings over the trench in fall, weaving them together.
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second year of living fence
In the second year after planting Osage orange, weave new vertical stems together to begin creating a tough, tight barrier.
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Osage orange living fence
Living fences, such as this mature Osage orange fence, have no problem holding large livestock.
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