Building a Dead Hedge

This forgotten corner of the garden has been nagging away at me for ages.

What should we do to make it deer proof?

I was all set to plant some hedging…I had some sort of prickly saplings to go in and then I changed my mind.

I remembered making a wildlife friendly hedge-cum-barrier when I used to volunteer at a community garden.

It’s called a Fedge and is usually made with willow cuttings.

We didn’t have any so we improvised.

Alex and I created it out of two rows of 1.5m stakes diagonally staggered with a 60cm gap between them.

The stakes were a metre apart.

After banging those in with a mallet we filled the gap with dead wood and freshly pruned buddleia branches to create a wildlife friendly barrier, treading them down initially to create a firm base.

We moved a pile of old apple and pear prunings and used them.

But then we started running out of material.

I happened to see piles of woody debris in the paddock next door and phoned the owner who said he’d be delighted for us to use them as he was only going to burn them.

How fortuitous.

Here’s a little video of me at the beginning of the project.

It only took two of us half a day to complete!

This dead hedge is a superb way of composting material that is too big for a conventional heap or shredder.

It’s also a green alternative to burning debris or making numerous journeys to the tip or local dump.

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6 thoughts on “Building a Dead Hedge”

  1. This might be Muntjack deer proof ? but any other deer you need 8 foot plus !!! as told to me by woodman. I gave up and used other forms of deer repellent.

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