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Permaculture garden in Deurne
Permaculture garden in Deurne
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Commenced:
01/10/2010
Submitted:
07/11/2011
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
Antwerp / Deurne, BE
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate





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Permaculture garden in Deurne

Permaculture garden in Deurne

Antwerp / Deurne, BE


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Dead hedge

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Posted by Maaike Mussche over 10 years ago

What to do with the prunings?

I asked a friend, who has a degree in forestry to help me to cut the 6m tall maple trees that have grown out of the hedge in the back garden without damaging to many other trees and  shrubs. Trees always turn out to be longer onthe ground then you thought when they were still standing. Wonderfull, those shoes with which you can climb trees like a monky! He cut the trees at about two meters above the ground. Probably they wil make new shoots from there which I can cut every few years as firewood or every year to use them to make baskets but I am not sure if this is possible with maple.

The big trunks I will use as fuel for our wood stove and some to grow mushrooms on. After taking these out I was left with a huge heap of the thinner branches. I decided to make a dead hedge at the back edge of our garden with these branches, prunings from other shrubs and some ecologicaly invaluable shrubs I have taken out. A dead hedge is a long heap of dead wood, prunings and foliage which are just left to decompose and added other material onto whenever it is available. This is a very valuable feature for birds, hedgehogs, insects and other little animals in these times of clean gardens and parks. It is understandable that it is not always practical or safe to leave all the dead leaves or dead branches or trees where they are in our crowded parks and relatively small gardens and a dead hedge is a good alternative for cleaning everything dead and dying and so robbing a lot of fauna of its potential home and shelter. In my case it is also nice to camouflage the five different kinds of fencing that divide our garden from those of the neighbours which became very visible by cutting the mapletrees and unwanted shrubs. So now I have about 15 m of dead hedge to put all my future prunings on and as a wildlifeshelter/corridor.

I will add some photos later...

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