• The next step is to cut slightly into the stems, the trick is to not cut all the way through, but enough to allow the stems to be bent to be ‘lay down’.
• Then, continue to do this along the whole length of the hedge. When laying down the stems, rather than just lying them horizontally, layer and criss-cross them.
• When this is done for the whole length, secure your handiwork in place using stakes on either side. Use wooden stakes and attach the stakes sing flexible weavers.
• With everything secured, take a look at the hedge and give it a little tidy up by removing or adjusting any fallen bits or parts that are sticking out. Then, leave nature to do the rest.
Across the UK there are many different ‘styles’ that depend on the region. These traditions and customs are down to the different materials that are available in each area. For example, the Midland style is known as the ‘bullock style’ which had the purpose of keeping cattle in the fields in beef rearing areas. The Yorkshire style is used as a sheep hedge on livestock farms because it’s impenetrable to sheep.