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Tue Mar 10, 2015, 11:53 AM

Have you ever made a live topiary? Is chicken wire going to be enough?

I have a farm plot this year and want to add something fun so I am thinking about doing a two-stage topiary of maybe a dragon -- the head, a hump or two and the tail. I'm going to start it with snow peas on it but then it could be morning glories or something else that is very resilient and grows aggressively. If I can't pull off a topiary I will just go with a simple bamboo arbor.

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We have plenty of chicken wire available but it is a pain, literally, to work with. I can bend it up wearing super gloves but my main concern is that the weight of the plants will be too much for it.

Any experiences or thoughts on what else I could use for the frame?

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Reply Have you ever made a live topiary? Is chicken wire going to be enough? (Original post)
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tikka Mar 2015 #1
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Tue Mar 10, 2015, 01:58 PM

1. if you use chicken wire you

would need some sort of structural support. Depending on the size you are attempting, you could use thicker bamboo to rebar

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Response to tikka (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 10, 2015, 02:13 PM

2. Thanks. I was also thinking about using tomato cages for rebar but if I do

then I have to come up with a shape that includes, or is composed, of cones.

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