Wattle Fence, Day 1

As you may remember, the goal for this summer is to spruce up the outside of my house.  I started with some flower beds by my front door and now I’m tackling the space around the pine tree.

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I know that things don’t really like to grow under pine trees (except hostas which will be coming soon!) so I’ve been Googling and Pinteresting for ideas to make a border around the tree to make that edge a little nicer.

And I found wattle fences.

from here

A wattle border seems like a good idea because A) I can curve it around the tree and B) I have tons of branches from my apple tree hanging around here!

Today I started with cutting the larger branches into stakes and sorting out the smaller, bendier branches.

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I also put a hose out to mark the line I wanted around the tree.

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Then I pounded in the stakes!  I have more to add but I’m feeling good about this progress for the first day!

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I’m also soaking some of the firmer branches hoping they’ll soften up some more and make them easier to work with.

I don’t have nearly enough branches so I’m raiding my mom’s pile and sending out a desperate plea for anyone in my area who has some branches sitting around to donate them to me!

Tomorrow I plan to get the rest of the stakes in and start weaving in the branches and after that I’ll need to fill it with dirt and plant those hostas!

-A

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