A Dead Hedge

April 29, 2010

A dead hedge is essentially a composting fence made from cut branches and other woody materials (i.e. long stemmed wildflowers Рteasel, mullein, and mugwort) laid between fence posts. It is a feature of wildlife gardens, by offering a sheltered environment where insects (i.e. ladybirds, lacewings, butterflies and moths) can hibernate. It also offers shelter for beetles and frogs. The decomposing organic material ultimately breaks down, attracting worms, and  food for birds.