How long will they take to rot?

The big apple tree needed a good prune:

Branches were growing into the shed and the fence, cluttering up the centre of the tree and pointing upwards. So, the bypass loppers came out today and off came a fair amount of wood.

I decided that rather than compost this material, I would make a mound and let it decompose in its own time, thereby leaving a home for bugs and other garden-friendly organisms.

When all is said and done, the mound does look a bit feeble but hopefully it’s robust enough not to blow away with the first gust of wind. It will be interesting to see, however, what transpires over time: nature in action.

There is lots of leaf litter from the trees and I am pleased that this year I don’t need to disturb it in the process of making a pond and raised bed, as I was doing this time last year. I felt so sad to unearth eggs and pupae then.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to How long will they take to rot?

  1. Tabula Rasa says:

    I’d probably tie it up. They do that in Richmond but on a massive scale of twig walls. That way bugs are protected on the inside and it also looks a bit more aesthetic 😀

  2. The timescale would be interesting.

  3. Karen says:

    Hi Helen, I think the bugs will have a home for years from my experience with having our apple orchard.

    • Helen says:

      Thank you, Karen. Do you miss your orchard?

      • Karen says:

        I miss our beautiful home a lot but the orchard was a lot of work with three hundred trees to care for. In early spring, it was a lot of work up and down the big ladder to prune so many trees but later the orchard was beautiful when it was in bloom. ☺️ What I don’t miss is all the snow and ice we had to contend with during the winters.

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