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Paul,

I understand that part, and we will be making some of these for the wildlife now that I see how beneficial they are (although I still needed the chips for soil building). I like the idea of other uses for brush than burning it, which is what everyone does around here. Waste of good biomass.
 
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Hmm, my brush piles have always attracted the animals that eat my garden- namely, rabbits and woodchucks. I still make brush piles though...just don't think to document the process..
 
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When sepp holzer has a problem with a critter, he puts out lots of goodies to attract the problem critter.  It turns out that that also attracts the predators of that critter.

 
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The rabbit lives here. He exits in a hurry when I throw brush on. My other brush pile is filling a hole it is twice this size but is only slightly above ground level.
The house wrens seem to like it.
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brush pile for rabbit
brush pile for rabbit
 
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My salmonberry is always trying to take over my yard and fruit trees. So, today I pruned a bunch out and piled them up!

The lovely picture of my pile was taken by my 2 year old daughter, after multiple pictures of her hand and the grass.... :D

(Edit: Looks like I need a progress picture. I'll just cut some more salmonberries tomorrow and add them to the pile and take another picture!)

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A whole bunch of salmonberry pruned out of the hedge
A whole bunch of salmonberry pruned out of the hedge
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I'm 5'4 inches, and here is my pile, taller than me, and wider than my armspan!
I'm 5'4 inches, and here is my pile, taller than me, and wider than my armspan!
 
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Added another wheel barrow of salmonberries and got another picture, as well a "after" picture from the same angle as my "before."
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Wa-la! A Pile!
Wa-la! A Pile!
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Now with pile between my fruit trees.
Now with pile between my fruit trees.
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