Often I bring you a variety of projects that you can do in a garden but some of those projects take a little longer than others. For those that require more patience and time, it's fun to go back and take a look at their progress. Let me give you an example.
This Leyland Cypress hedge I planted several years ago has filled in nicely and I cut a passage through it by creating this arch. Let me show you how I did it.
In the very beginning I chose a fast-growing hedge and once it had matured to say 6 or 7 feet I designed a frame of an arch on paper and gave the plan to a local welder. And in no time after bending some metal and lots of sparks, they were able to assemble the frame and bring my plan to life.
Next I painted it with a rust resistant enamel. This will preserve frame and keep rust from getting on anyone who passes through. To secure the frame in place I used some pre-mixed bagged concrete. I mixed enough to go around each of the four legs, which was about 2 bags.
For the next growing season I let the two plants on each side of the arch grow taller so I could take their tops and fold them over the arch. I tethered the longest central limbs of these plants to the frame using some old leather straps. Now anything will do, you just want to make sure that it doesn't cut into the trunks of the hedge.
Finally with the arch formed I kept the entire top of the hedge clipped about 18 inches above the top of the arch. And as you can see it's about time for its annual haircut.
By combining just a couple of simple elements I've created an interesting garden feature. If you'd like the plans for this arch just write me here at the station or checkout my web site.
From the garden, I'm Allen Smith.
P. Allen Smith Gardens
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