Wattle Fencing: A Cheap DIY Material for Modern Outdoor Spaces

Wattle Fencing: A Cheap DIY Material for Modern Outdoor Spaces

Regina Yunghans
Apr 16, 2013

Wattle fencing originated in England and was traditionally woven with willow or hazel branches. However, it can incorporate a variety of twigs, reeds, or branches you find outdoors (namely oak, elder, hornbeam and ash). 

Material-wise, it is an inexpensive option for fencing, garden walls, screens, or even raised bed planters because most of the material is repurposed from trimmings. Labor-wise, it is truly handmade and will take some time but will produce wonderfully varied, organic results. 

Check out these inspirations from around the web for using wattle as a fencing material:
  1. This wattle screen provides shade in a garden, from Webshots via Timonty Lee Landscape Design's pinterest.
  2. I love this contemporary application of wattle in a garden by landscape architect Andrea Cochran.
  3. A high wattle fence panel from Detroit Garden Works
  4. A wattle fence being constructed by England's Go Wild Landscapes
  5. Wattle is one type of barrier recommended by Organic Gardening for building a raised bed garden.

(Images: as linked above)

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