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.