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Nicole Alderman wrote:Using your wheelbarrow as a measuring stick, it looks to only be about 4 feet tall (I don't think tall sticks jutting out from the top count?). Could you add a bit more to the top?

(And yeah, this part of it gets frustrating, because as you add more, it compacts more, and it seems hard to get it tall enough--at least that's what happened with mine! But, just keep adding too it, and you'll get there!)



Thanks Mike.  Nicole, I will add more brush on top just for you.  Perspective is weird in such close quarters but it certainly does not hurt to give the murder hornets more space.
 
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Here is another bit of brush, with wheelbarrow for scale:



Here is as far back as I can get to give a sense of scale.  It's still hard to gauge but it's at least 8, maybe 9 feet tall, and not just little sticks at the top either.  There's a whole tree up there about six feet from the ground, horizontal, with lots of branches and stuff.  



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update: I re-read the requirements, and read them wrong in the first place. sorry about that. :)
Here is my large brush pile I've been building up for the last few years as large branches are collected this is where they go. 50 feet on the back side of the brush pile is where one of my gardens are located. The width of this pile is 30 or so feed wide. The pile was started from an old tree falling and I've just been adding to it.
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Brush Pile
Brush Pile
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5+feet
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Slowly but surely going after the unkempt trees in our suburban lot. Happy we have a good number of them compared to many others :)

Also happy to learn that brush piles have a positive use for our garden! My spot I picked was a bit inconvenient to add brush to, but I have to keep the other inhabitants of the house and neighborhood happy so it's best kept in the back.
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Empty spot
Empty spot
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This was my finished picture before I realized I forgot my in progress photo....
This was my finished picture before I realized I forgot my in progress photo....
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Added some limbs to show progress!
Added some limbs to show progress!
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finished height
finished height
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Here's my brush pile.
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Area for a brush pile
Area for a brush pile
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Under construction
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Finished pile
Finished pile
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Finished height
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This afternoon I made a brush pile. I chose this location because on the other side of the fence brace posts, we just replanted one of our forest garden hedgerows. Both the adjacent pasture and this wooded area are pretty open, so I want to make sure little critters have shelter.

Location before brush pile.

To help me with height, I tied a tape measure to a tree.

The branches for the pile came from several trees that had been blown down on top of the back fence.

Making progress.

Finished pile reached the 5-foot mark on the tape measure.

Tape measure still at 5 feet to measure finished width.

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I had to add one photo for the BB: showing it's five feet high.
It took some time, so now it's too late to edit my post with the other photos. That one you can find here: https://permies.com/wiki/21/108150/pep-animal-care/Brush-Pile-PEP-BB-animal#1130340

And here's the photo showing the height now:


The tape measurer is 150 cm long. One foot equals 30.48 centimeters (cm). So 5 feet is  about 152,5 cm. It's very difficult to measure such a pile exactly, I hope it's OK now.


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