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Many a garden owner or balcony gardener perceives a screen made of plastic-like material as a real aesthetic disruptive factor within the well-tended garden idyll. Uncomplicated and at the same time extremely decorative variants of a natural privacy screen can be created through creative and artful weaving with sticks or with branches that are already dead.

A privacy screen made of natural materials is easy to braid yourself

Weave a screen out of cut twigs and branches

If a privacy screen is to be woven from natural materials, the first question that arises is whether it should be a fence connected to the ground on the spot or a mobile privacy screen element. In any case, the cutting material from hazelnut bushes and other strong-growing garden plants can be braided into a privacy screen more easily and flexibly the fresher they are processed directly after the cut. To create a border around a cottage garden or a privacy screen next to a terrace, you can stick long, straight branches directly into the ground in a row and about 5 to 10 cm apart. Then weave thinner twigs in a horizontal direction between the branches protruding vertically from the ground in such a way that a closed privacy screen gradually results.

Bamboo and reed as braiding material

Many types of reed are cut back completely to ground level every year in spring. Some bamboo species also show growth in old age, which means that large amounts of cutting material are produced every year. Due to their straight growth habit, these cut stalks can be used even better for weaving privacy screens than many other branches of shrubs and trees. However, the regular shape also makes it possible to make entire privacy screens from reed and bamboo stalks by firmly connecting the individual stalks with braided wire loops at two different heights.

Dead or alive an eye-catcher: braided willow rods

The willow branches, which are known to be extremely easy to root, are very popular when it comes to the inexpensive and uncomplicated installation of creatively designed play areas for children in the garden. The willow branches, which grow easily on the spot, can not only be formed into a teepee or labyrinth, but can also be used to form living privacy fences by cleverly interweaving diagonally running branches. The branches should:

  • processed as freshly as possible after cutting
  • be planted deep enough in the ground (at least 10 to 15 cm)
  • be watered sufficiently (willows prefer a rather moist location)


If a living privacy screen made of willow branches does not stay in its braided form by itself, then only specially coated binding wire should be used to fix the crossing positions, which cannot easily cut into the bark of the branches.

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