Tuesday, March 3, 2009

WOODLAND WATTLE: FORMAL & INFORMAL

Used by tribes in Africa I observed what my late mentor & friend, Mary Kistner did with her woodland leaves-branches-rocks-etc.
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CREATE A WATTLE: PULL WOODLAND DEBRIS INTO A SERPENTINE LINE. 3.5' AT THE BASE & TAPERING TOWARD THE TOP, NO MORE THAN 4' TALL. Wattles prevent leaves, in a woodland setting, from blowing back onto paths and into desirable bushes.
They don't photograph well. Clients & students cringe at my wattle words & pictures.

Every client & student visiting my wattles has gone home, excited, & created their own wattles.
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No more hauling the stuff off, or worse, paying to have it hauled off.
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Instead you're creating a butterfly habitat.
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You're composting without effort.
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My wattles are over a decade old. What I've never seen in my wattle: rats, snakes, coons.
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I've designed wattles into landscapes for over 15 years.
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For more drama, you knew it was coming, break a wattle open for a pathway. Break it open about 3.5'-4' wide. Place rocks from your property at each end of the wattle opening.
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Mary Kistner died at age 83 about 5 years ago. She grew up on an apple orchard in upstate New York.
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Formal Wattle: Use one type of debris.
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Informal Wattle: Uses multiple types of debris.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara


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