Anyone ever done a formal hedge or living fence?
I will soon be the owner of 8 acres; 1/2 pasture and 1/2 woods east of Atlanta. I would like to create a living fence around some or all of the property. What plants might work the best for this purpose?
I have considered the following:
Osage orange in full sunlight around the pasture
Hornbeam in the wooded area or possibly holly or wax myrtle
I may eventually want to have some animals which is why I considered the Osage orange around the pasture. Will goats eat through it?
Has anyone ever worked with Hornbeam as a hedge plant? It is commonly mentioned as a hedge in Europe, but I have seen little about it in the US. After purchasing this property we will have little spending cash for the next several years, which is why the living fence appeals to me. I envision using a chipper and creating small compost piles along the hedges for use in gardening as the plants mature.
Any help or suggestions are appreciated.