We've been steadily working around the property and one of the ongoing tasks has been tree trimming, cleaning up huge downed branches, and processing downed or dead trees. These big piles may look like debris piles awaiting burn permits to be allowed again, but we don't agree! These are raw materials waiting to be used! Instead of burning these natural resources and adding to air pollution, every part of our trees gets reused on the property. We will posting more in-depth discussions and videos of some of the topics below in the future, but, for now, here are some great uses for all those tree trimmings.
Wood that is good for cooking fires and bonfires is chopped and set aside to age. Wood that is good for various building projects will be milled into usable lumber and also set aside to season. Large logs and stumps are also being set aside to make seating and tables for various relaxing and leisure areas throughout the farm.
Larger branches and trunks will be used for erosion prevention, habitat mitigation, water harvesting, and groundwater recharge measures. They are used for making headcut repairs on eroded areas providing both stabilization and velocity dissipation via being placed in steps. They are also placed in small channels cut for them following natural contours on the property in order to slow sheet flow runoff, assist in retaining water on the property, and increase infiltration into the soil. Branches are cut and placed into drainages to create ponding in the drainages. See renderings below.
Smaller branches are going to be lashed together to form trellises for the gardens. Smaller branches are also lashed together to create a more natural looking and aesthetically pleasing screen around things like groundwater wells, rain harvesting cisterns, etc. Everything that is left over is sent through the chipper and made into mulch to be used around the farm or added to compost piles.
While these piles may currently look like big messes of debris, it will all have its own "second life" purposes here on the farm!