Making a Hedgerow: A Long-Lasting Design of Infinite Rewards
A Brief History of Hedgerows
Hedgerows are decorative lines of trees, shrubbery, and other small foliage that can serve many purposes, from a nice visual change in the ordinary wooden miter-saw-created fence used as a barrier to the landscaper’s ultimate dream of colorful separation. They can also be used where waterways of rainfall is a constant issue by combatting erosion, all the while serving the dual-purpose of allowing those planting them to use them as a source of food, so long as the farmers and planters included fruits trees with the rest of the colorful collage of creativity.
Now, it is important to keep in mind that these marvels of intertwining of nature and manmade machinations are nothing new. In fact, they date all the way back to medieval times, and were usually planted to enclose a field, pasture, or other feeding area to keep bovine livestock from getting away — even a sort of rudimentary fence. Of course, depending on what was grown in these hedgerows, the farmer could plant anything from useful herbs that could be included in certain traditional medical remedies. Their solid thickening layer of leaves and branches provided useful and practical shelter from the elements as well. For more detailed history about the history of this marvel of manmade landscaping, please read the informative Hedgerow History by Gerry Barnes and Tom Williamson (Windgather Press, 2006) .
A Living Fence
Hedgerows can be formed as creative means of marking the line of demarcation between two different properties. Simply put, they can create a living fence, or they can simply beautify an already-existing, wooden, miter-saw cut privacy fence by creating something that is much more pleasing on the eyes to look at. Imagine if you were to be able to bring the look of the “edge” of a forest into your backyard, simply by creating a duplication of what your ideal forest would look like. This can be done easily with a hedgerow, and this tip can be especially useful if your property sits against a field or meadow without any neighbors on the other side of your fabulous creation. For instance, think of creating a space about 15-20 feet wide comprised of different sizes trees, some providing shade, and some there for beautification only. All along the trees are smaller bushes and hedges, some of which may produce flowed and some may now. Now, in between this, imaging a strand of blackberries along with a cherry or walnut tree, and your space will also provide the functional nutrition benefit that was mentioned above. Inside of this personal creation, an attraction by birds and many colorful insects will also ensue. There are endless possibilities to what you can accomplish!
So, if you are a homeowner who would rather pick up the creative side of landscaping instead of just looking at the boring wood cut fence, consider putting that took to work carving some intricate wooden decorations by using a best miter saw to place along the borders of your very own hedgerow. These borders of foliage have a rich history and are being used more and more as sort of a revival to the old style of doing things. Consider putting the time and energy into something that will reward you with a great view, or add some fruit trees into the hedgerow for a product that keeps giving back to you over the years!
To make your wood working with your tool easier and more efficient when you create living fence, you would need a a really good miter saw stand as well.