Arbour planting instructions
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Creating a willow Arbour 1. Place mypex . (Weed suppressant sheeting) onto  ground and peg it down neatly especially at the edges. Using  rope or  hosepipe mark the shape you want to cut out on the mypex.(around the outside of a hose as shown here) then take the  thickest & longest willow rods and lay them out on the ground. Generally, the spacings between uprights for a 8’ arbour would normally be about 1’ apart, so 9 uprights would be required initially for the rear. Then select the two longest, thickest uprights you have. These will form the front arch.. 3. Now you can start to plant the front uprights for the arch. For best results, willow stems pushed into the ground to between 4” & 6”  roughly and left to stand upright. If needed, twist the willow round so it is as upright as possible and bending towards the upright on the other side. Willow is a fast growing, flexible material which is perfect for creating a variety of different structures, either living or non-living, that can provide unusual focal points or practical areas in any open space. Willow Arbour – Tools required. (*Optional) Length of hose or rope – Secateurs – Loppers* – String or garden twine – Spade –and  our willow kit  4. Meeting the stems in the middle, you can then twist each side over the opposite upright, to create a rough arch. This is where cable ties are very useful and can be attached to the highest central part to hold the shape or either side, though twisting and pulling the willow through tight should suffice. 6. Once these have been tied in you can add further stems to the front arch by planting close to the base and twisting in, securing the ends by pulling through a gap in the first arch stems or by using cable ties or twine. The arch can be as thick as required by adding more long uprights and twisting them in. 5.  Ties, can be snipped off close to the fastening so look neater 7. Once you are happy with the desired thickness of the front archway (and it is not too heavy), you can move on to the rear arbour structure. 8. Happy planting!