Wickerwork is durable and attractive. They proved their qualities long ago in villages when they served as fences, wind-shields, shelters, reinforcement material, or were used for making wicker baskets or many other items of every-day use. Nowadays this material experiences its revival. It is a natural material and proves its values in every garden nook. It looks light, nice and it blends well with the grrnery.
The tradition of constructing wicker buildings was started by old Dutch settlers in Poland. They used wicker fences mainly to separate pastures and fields. They stuck wicker poles in damp soil and then they interwove tchem with thinner sticks. The fragments of cut off sprouts stuck in ground easily struck roots. Soon trees grew from the poles. Long sprouts growing from them every year were cut off in winter and used for other constructions, as fuel and food for animals. The wicker in fences also naturally drained the area. Their roots sucked off the water from the ground as strongly as pumps, and the leaves evaporated the moisture quickly. The characteristic Mazovian landscape with rows of the, so-called, knotted wilow is the evidence of such traditions.
Wicker fences and wicker edges of flower-beds are always used where we need the effect of lightness and a soothing nature of the garden. They are perfect when used as wind-shields. Unlike the solid sheilds, owing to their openwork structure, they do not cause any turbulences on the leeward. If our vegetable garden is situated in the open area, let us fence the plot with a wicker fence which is 0.8-1.5 m high (in a large area it is better to build a number of lower rows), and the vegetables grwoing in its shade will crop more abundantly. Wicker fences can also be short and in the form of a screen, for instance on order to shade the areas for relaxation, fragments of flower-beds, garden ponds. In the latter case, they will protect against blowing in dust or leaves. In order to make them more varied, it is worth growing climbing plants next to them. Let us choose the species that grow less strongly and have delicate sprouts so as not to dominate the supporting structure – these can be annual plants such as morning glory, decorative beans or peas; in the case of perennial plants, the clematis is the best. Flower-beds also look attractive against the wicker walls.
Ready-made modules for fences, wicker mats, screens, shields for terraces and balconies and even the entire gazebos can be put up in the garden throughout the year. The panels for fences are usually fixed to the already existing fences (wire netting and poles, metal panels, fences made of metal crates, etc.). The panels offered by us can also be used as fences or partial self-supporting curtains. They are fixed then to the wooden panels, stone blocks, metal or concret poles, etc.