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hedgelaying usa
« on: January 05, 2015, 02:53:50 PM »
Hi im from the uk and was wondering, do they lay hedges in america?

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Re: hedgelaying usa
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2015, 03:00:21 PM »
I had to google it as I was not acquainted with the term. I've never seen it in the great lakes region, but this is a big country. 

Tell us about it! It looks interesting. :)
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2015, 03:12:51 PM »
Had to look it up myself, have never seen it, but looks like it would work quite well. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2015, 03:17:20 PM »
Basically hedges in the uk are usually on banks of dirt, there either attacked with a flail topper or laid. with laying a hedge you thin out the hedge getting rid of any dead or dieing timber and undergrowth like brambles (we usually use a top handle chainsaw for this!) then the fun begins! you get in the middlle of the hedge and look were you can lay what tree. when you lay a tree you cut two thirds of the way into the bottom of the tree in a diagonal fashion down wards! you then push the tree over CAREFULLY!! and keep the stump intact, once youve done this you go along and crook the timber down! the trees will start to
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2015, 03:25:16 PM »
Is there a particular type of tree that this is better suited for?  I was thinking of our tulip poplar, but it would be bare in the winter, not sure if these are intended to stay green all year or not. 
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Re: hedgelaying usa
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2015, 04:17:37 PM »
Looked it up as well, and this video tells a bit about it.


Reminds me of the experiences the Allied forces had with the hedgerows in France that were so hard to get through, until they finally outfitted the tanks with plows to bust through them.

Don't see much if any of that activity in the USA.
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Re: hedgelaying usa
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2015, 04:34:13 PM »
Ash or blackthorne is ok but willow is the best! theres also a diffrent lay style in each diffrent county in the uk!

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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2015, 04:39:40 PM »
i have a buddy in Scotland that does it, i learned just a little from him........can't seem to think of any of the terms he used at the moment......

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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2015, 04:40:12 PM »
you cold Jeff?

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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2015, 04:41:39 PM »
pleach is where you strip out any unwanted timber!

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« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2015, 12:51:35 PM »
I have seen videos of hedgelaying competition, It is quite the art.  I haven't ever seen a live hedge over here in the states.  It is a good idea though, especially for keeping smaller herd animals.
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« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2015, 03:29:55 PM »
you cold Jeff?

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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2015, 03:45:52 PM »
you cold Jeff?

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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2015, 05:05:40 PM »
I was wondering when someone was going to comment on the way Jeff's looking.
Looks like he's getting into the purple drank a little heavy.
Might be time for an intervention,suppose we ought to have Poston pay him a visit
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Re: hedgelaying usa
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2015, 05:25:58 PM »
Might be time for an intervention,suppose we ought to have Poston pay him a visit

It's way too cold for him to go that far north. :D ;D :o :D ;D :o :D ;D :o ;)

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Re: hedgelaying usa
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2015, 06:13:17 PM »
Hi im from the uk and was wondering, do they lay hedges in america?

We do, but I have not seen one in my area (SW Michigan).  Of course that doesn't mean they are not around.  What I have seen are Osage Orange planted for fence rows.

From Wikipedia:  "The sharp-thorned trees were also planted as cattle-deterring hedges before the introduction of barbed wire . . .".

Sorry I could not figure out how to post a link.  If you are interested search for "osage orange" or "hedge apple".


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