Living fences

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Re: Living fences

Post by explorer » Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:47 am

I have seen the same thing in the villages in Vanuatu.
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Re: Living fences

Post by Anthony's Weiner » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:56 am

Though I am in Thailand not Cambodia the idea seems to have taken hold here as well. Also, they plant a green vegetable like plant on the ground around their houses and you walk on it. I bought a device to trim mine, it's called a "lawn mower". Asian ingenuity at it's finest.
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Re: Living fences

Post by dontbeasourlemon » Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:06 am

That's pretty cool, I like how eco-friendly it is. I wonder how well it works for keeping things in/out? Another cool idea I like is eco-bricks which is a "plastic bottle packed with plastic to a set density to create a reusable building block". Lots of plastic trash lying around so you are cleaning up the earth and have a reusable material that you can find for free and can even be used to build houses and more. 👍
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Re: Living fences

Post by frank lee bent » Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:13 am

Cassava works well
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Re: Living fences

Post by SternAAlbifrons » Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:23 am

dontbeasourlemon wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:06 am
That's pretty cool, I like how eco-friendly it is. I wonder how well it works for keeping things in/out? Another cool idea I like is eco-bricks which is a "plastic bottle packed with plastic to a set density to create a reusable building block". Lots of plastic trash lying around so you are cleaning up the earth and have a reusable material that you can find for free and can even be used to build houses and more. 👍
Yes, often comprised of thorny shrubs, excellent for security.

Much as i love the idea about recycled plastic rubbish for house construction, the aesthetics are not great.
I haven't heard of a good system that has been developed yet, despite many efforts - but I could be wrong about that. It's sure to come before long.
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Re: Living fences

Post by Anthony's Weiner » Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:31 am

My house is in a rural small town andland is raised about 2 ft and slopes quite steeply at the edges. On one side is the jungle and I have a lot of problem with the vines strangling my heliconia and bird of paradise. On the other side, there is a living fence, that the neighbour weaves the cut off branches into. The hedge as they are known in NA as is quite thick but around the base, there is nothing to keep the chickens, dogs and geese from cutting through. The hedge is 5 years old and I will have to have it cut out to put a wall in. Cost of a 2-metre wall around the 250-foot perimeter and a remote operated gate is about $6500. I hate to spend the money but I hate walking outside and finding chicken shit on my patio and three puppies tearing up my rubbish on the lawn.
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Re: Living fences

Post by SternAAlbifrons » Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:45 am

Don't sweat the chickens and the puppies AW.
I would be more concerned about what comes in from the unfenced jungle side.

The French Mekong Expedition of 1866-68 had to build stockades around their camp every night to protect against "a pestilence of rhinoceros, elephants and tigers".

Maybe it's not chicken shit on your patio?
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Re: Living fences

Post by Kammekor » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:14 pm

I planted a mango tree, and now I have shade and some fruit.

But I hate the red ants in it.

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the fence is classic concrete poles and wire though. There's no such thing as a 40 x 40 m 'free' living fence. Except in Explorer's fantasies that is.
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Re: Living fences

Post by explorer » Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:07 pm

dontbeasourlemon wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:06 am
I wonder how well it works for keeping things in/out?
It depends how it is done. Many have quite large gaps. Some dont.
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Re: Living fences

Post by Anthony's Weiner » Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:19 pm

Kammekor wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:14 pm
I planted a mango tree, and now I have shade and some fruit.

But I hate the red ants in it.

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the fence is classic concrete poles and wire though. There's no such thing as a 40 x 40 m 'free' living fence. Except in Explorer's fantasies that is.
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Red ant eggs are really quite delicious.
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