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Willow for weaving and other uses. How to use willow to make intertwining fences, backrests and supports for climbing plants, embellish planters or make garden decorations.
THEwillow branchesthey are very versatile and can come in handy for a long DIY list. The most talented people could try their hand at makingwicker baskets or you arewillow branchesthey are quite large, even small oneshutsgarden, to create shady shelters where children play or spheres of different sizes. Small balls ofWillowthey can be transformed into original natural lamps.
Willow for weaving and wicker
TheWillowit offers long, sinuous and very flexible fronds. Thanks to the flexibility, the fronds ofWillowthey are very workable and allow the creation of the most disparate objects and constructions. The most popular processes are those inwicker. Once cut, the color of the fronds ofWillowit can fade slightly but keeping all its characteristics intact and this is especially true for thewicker.
When we talk aboutWillowwe refer to akindwhich has several botanical species. The speciesSalix viminalisthey are the plants that are used to prepare baskets and other garden furniture accessories bywicker. The species are very commonSalix purpurea and Salix alba.
Willow for weaving
The secret to making fences withwillow intertwiningconsists in softening the branches to make them as workable as possible. The softer the frond, the easier it will be to make theintertwining.
For maximum workability, theintertwiningshould be done while the plant is still alive. So when the fronds have not yet been cut off the plant.
As beautiful and romantic as it would be to stop under a willow to start weaving, not everyone has a willow plant in the garden! Often the intertwining will have to take place with branches ofWillowalready severed. If you wantbuy willow, make sure you get as "fresh as possible" fronds.
Before working atintertwining, put the leaves to rest in a vase or even better, in a container full of water: try to immerse the willow branches for as long as possible. Let the fronds ofWillowin the bathroom for an internal day so as to be sure to work with flexible and "collaborative" branches.
How to Make a Woven Willow Fence
For the simple weave, just proceed as shown in the photo above: you will need pegs to sink into the ground and make a weave every 20 centimeters. The fronds should be arranged between the twigs to form S with an antiparallel pattern.
Also formake a fencetall willow is an inexpensive and useful material! The number of branches you will need depends on the size of the fence you want to make.
Get 150 cm long willow shoots (even longer if you want onefencehigh), you will then need some wooden stakes, a spade, shovel and mallet and sections of willow branches.
Clean the willow branches by removing the side branches. Place the willow branches on the ground, along the perimeter on which you want to raise the fence so as to understand how many willow branches are needed.
Begin to align the fence posts in a vertical position: drive the posts into the ground, spacing them 30 - 35 cm apart. If you are very lazy, or have few willow stakes available, space the stakes from each other by about 80 cm. If the fence is not very dense (distance between the willow poles of 60 80 cm), the branches used must have a diameter of at least 5 cm to guarantee the right strength to the fence. If the fence is more dense (distance between the willow branches of 35 cm) a diameter of 4 cm will suffice.
To plant the fence posts, use the spade and dig 40cm holes. This way 40 cm of the length of the willow branches will get lost in the ground. Fill the hole and press the soil well. To complete the work, attach willow branches horizontally to your vertical structure: only at this point can you perform theintertwining. Intertwine the willow branches two by two, passing them forward and then behind the stakes as shown in the photo above.
A material similar to wicker but with slightly different characteristics, is the wicker, suitable for building garden furniture, chairs and other household items