Call it quirky, but I have spent two years fascinated by the “grow your own” fences here, made from whatever kind of natural material is available. Every house, no matter how simple, gets a fence as soon as the owners can grow one. Here are some examples of my favorite examples:
Here is a line of young ginocuaro trees, the most common fence posts in this part of the country. Barbed wire is strung between the trees, which have their green branches trimmed off once a year.
By the time they grow to be grandpas, the fence posts are gnarled and distinctive, with young trees planted in between the old ones as they die off.
Beautiful rows of these trees line the roads in this part of the country. Our friends tell us they tolerate the moths without rain in the dry season, December – May.
In town, where space and time is limited, people weave palm fronds between the wires of their fences to provide privacy and create a better barrier against intrusions.
This fence uses straight sticks to create a simple stockade between the trees.
If you really want to keep animals and small children away from your property, it is hard to beat these fence posts!
In the dry season, the trees lose their leaves, and the fence posts just look like dead sticks in the ground.