Weave a Living Willow Screen

Slimmer than a hedge and just as easy to create, willow screens are ideal for garden room partitions or wind breaks.

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Final Touches

Water well and apply a mulch each spring. Keep the arch well watered for the first year and weed regularly.

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Pruning and Aftercare

To top up moisture levels, consider installing a leaky hose beside the arch, which can be attached to an automatic timer. Remove any dead plants as you see them and replant with fresh ones. Don't trim your hedge or arch until the end of the first year when the leaves have dropped. Once well established, willow structures will produce long shoots that you can cut back and chip for use as a mulch or as fuel for a wood burner. Alternatively, you can plant these "cuttings" to make more willow structures.

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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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