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Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow


There are a few hundred types of the willow family (sort Salix) Stem hues differ from brilliant yellow to profound purple and are most evident on new, one-year development.

The shade of the willow will blur with age. Anyway overwhelming pruning will advance new development and shading. The tone will in general be most splendid on willow that is developed in direct daylight however can shift contingent upon soil type and climate conditions. The least demanding approach to get willow bars is through pro producers. Musgrove Willows have been developing willow for very nearly a hundred years on the Somerset Levels, creating a wide assortment and range that are exceptionally infection safe.

Willow is generally cut after leaf fall in late pre-winter when most vitality is put away in the stem for new development. Slicing would then be able to proceed through to late-winter, however is ideal while the plant is as yet lethargic and before buds begin to frame. Generally bars are curtailed to the base of the stool which at that point regrow the accompanying spring. This style of gathering is known as coppicing and has been utilized for quite a long time.

In the wake of slicing it is basic to keep the bars from drying out so they should be put away with their butt closes (thick closures) in water. Early fall is a decent time to begin arranging your living willow venture. Willow poles can be planted from late harvest time through to late-winter. Nonetheless, it is best to plant them at the earliest opportunity so roots can frame before the poles begin conveying shoots.

Weaving techniques for your Living Willow Sculpture

The Cross section weave is the best normal weave for living structures. In the event that the butt finishes of the bar are planted at an edge, development is more probable along the full length of the bar (upstanding stems will in general grow from the best). The open idea of this weave leaves space for new development to be woven in. For additional quality, the hybrid focuses can be integrated.

The Randing willow weave method is straightforward for filling in huge regions rapidly. More slender bars are woven all through firmly dispersed uprights, rotating the course of weave with each progressive pole. Firm down the poles consistently to make a nearby weave. Add new pieces butt to butt or tip to tip. Distinctive assortments can be woven in to give groups of shading, or on the other hand, you can weave packs of willow poles together to make other fascinating examples.

The Blending willow weave is a solid weave utilizing two weavers together, traverse each other each time they pass an upstanding. Matching is a valuable strategy for holding uprights in positions.

The Three Pole Whale is likewise an extremely solid willow weave method, utilizing three bars every one of which goes before two uprights and behind one. It is especially valuable for expansive structures – holding uprights set up at the base.

Weaving can be utilized to reinforce a structure and to fill in open parts of it for beautification or asylum.

On the off chance that you need your willow weaving poles to develop you should guarantee that the butt end is planted in the ground and while weaving endeavor to abstain from crimping the poles accordingly harm will make a bar bite the dust back. There are no rigid guidelines about weaving systems; the most straightforward technique is the free weave where the bars are woven in any place they best fit.


You can depend on the strain in your weave to keep the state of your structure, yet as a general rule you will be integrating the poles where they cross one another. This will give more solidarity to the willow structure.

You can utilize normal willow ties with our shorter non-living 3ft green willow, which we discover better as they are totally characteristic and exceptionally conventional. We likewise have Flexi Tie accessible that is unnoticeable and adaptable, Flexi-Tie is another ‘string’ that extends as the plant develops. Strong and non-slip, it holds a bunch well and is perfect for plants. You have to wrap the join a few times and tie with a reef tie. It will be less demanding in the event that you cut bunches of off lengths previously you begin work.

As the willow develops and thickens, the binds will in general cut into the willow stem, so watch out for them and re-tie if vital. At times when two willow poles are bound solidly together, they will gradually join or become together. This makes an entirely steady structure and in the end the ties can be evacuated.


When you have completed the process of building and planting your structure, you can kick back and watch it develop. Shoots will grow, so you have to choose how to manage them. You can utilize the new development to fill holes by meshing them into your living willow structure; this will enable it to develop wild. Anyway you should prune a portion of the new development and this is best done in late fall with a couple of secateurs accessible on our site. Standard pruning will advance new development let down the bars. You can utilize your disposed of development for new undertakings later on, so ensure you keep them.

Wigwams and Domes

Making a wigwam or vault out of willow is snappy and simple, which is the reason numerous schools appreciate building them with their understudies and it’s incredible for offspring everything being equal. They make extraordinary playhouses or sanctums, and passages can likewise be included at a later date.


A willow burrow is an incredible task for a school play area or on the off chance that you have adequate space to encase a pathway. They are anything but difficult to develop and can be made as high or long as you like.

At the point when the development begins to grow burrows are cool regions in which to shield from the sun and can be phenomenal spots for kids to play and stow away.

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