This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I have this year adopted a plan that I deem a great improvement, and I have done it with stems varying from a quarter to an inch diameter, thus: I cut off with nippers a number of stems to the height of two feet, so that a stem left at each end of the cutting when laid down and woven into the upright cut stems would cross each other, and give at least two lines of lateral siems passing in and out of the stumps of the cut stems, thus giving a living fence of about two feet high. I expect to trim the growth from these next summer to about three feet high, leaving the laterals to grow with little or no trimming to form the hedge into the pyramidal form, which is essential, as lower branches will not flourish if upper branches overhang them.
If any one can show more perfect hedges that have thus been produced, I have yet to see or hear of them.