Whyizzit the gaps in a hedge always highlight the wrong view?

Arbors from tree pruning scrap save our view

We've been working on the bones of our new landscape. In our back yard where a gap in an old hedge aimed our eye exactly the wrong way, we know it will be many years before our new plantings will screen the view. In the meantime we're redirecting attention. That's meant building seven arbors from branches removed while pruning trees.

Constructing the arbor, a how-to video

We're often asked how we make the rustic wood arbors we show you here. In answer, we made a short how-to video. Take a look, it's a simple project with a durable, attractive result.

We are establishing the bones of our new landscape. In the back yard the plan grew from the view out the kitchen window and from the deck. We'd rather look to the maple trees in the neighbor's lawn...

We are establishing the bones of our new landscape. In the back yard the plan grew from the view out the kitchen window and from the deck. We'd rather look to the maple trees in the neighbor's lawn...

...than at an angle to the left where the focus would be the back side of that neighbor's home. So we enlarged the beds on either side of the gap to pinch the view toward the trees.

...than at an angle to the left where the focus would be the back side of that neighbor's home. So we enlarged the beds on either side of the gap to pinch the view toward the trees.

Then we established a path that travels out from our house and arcs across the corner. Rustic arbors mark the path's line as we look from our windows.

Then we established a path that travels out from our house and arcs across the corner. Rustic arbors mark the path's line as we look from our windows.

On the path, the arbors help keep the eye directed along our chosen route...

On the path, the arbors help keep the eye directed along our chosen route...

...which follows the back lot line under the evergreens that once screened that line. Now these trees might as well be taken down, except they do slow the wind and provide birds nesting and resting sites. We've planted yews and western arborvitaes to re-fill the lower level..

...which follows the back lot line under the evergreens that once screened that line. Now these trees might as well be taken down, except they do slow the wind and provide birds nesting and resting sites. We've planted yews and western arborvitaes to re-fill the lower level..

Finally the path curves back in at the far corner. In this photo we've highlighted an existing arbor and the location of one still to come, as the camera cannot pick them out as the eye does.

Finally the path curves back in at the far corner. In this photo we've highlighted an existing arbor and the location of one still to come, as the camera cannot pick them out as the eye does.

Some of the arbors also invite entry to the neighbors in our no-fence community. That's by design. We love to share our garden.

Some of the arbors also invite entry to the neighbors in our no-fence community. That's by design. We love to share our garden.

We especially hope kids find these doors (this one in our front yard) and enjoy visiting well enough to someday agree to hire on to help us with garden work.

We especially hope kids find these doors (this one in our front yard) and enjoy visiting well enough to someday agree to hire on to help us with garden work.

Video how-to

In a 6-minute video. Constructing Rustic Wood Arbors, we show you how we make one of these arbors from long, limber tree limbs gleaned from tree-pruners' scrap piles, a pair of 10' black iron pipes, a fistful of cable ties and some copper wire.