Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Landfill or Critter Refuge?
This cagey looking device was once loaded with the faux stone I used to remodel our fireplace last year. It served that purpose well, but has sat here hidden behind the trash can corral since that time. I meant to take it to the landfill, but it just never seemed to make it in to the trailer with the household refuse.
Lately, it occurred to me that it might have one more life left in it ... one that could occupy it for a while ... long enough perhaps to make a trip to the landfill unnecessary.
A few days ago, I toted it out to a distant corner of our vast ten acres and placed it on the edge of a clearing.
After it was situated just so, I used the machete to do some clearing of palm fronds and low hanging oak branches that made you duck as you walked along the Beardog Trail.
I wove the palm fronds in through the wire first since they provide good coverage ... a roof of sorts.
After the fronds were in place, oak branches were alternately woven, stacked, and tossed over the wire cage to create ...
... a critter haven brush pile that won't collapse in on itself!
Somewhere in there is that wire cage.
Unsupported brushpiles have very short lives here in humidity land, which is okay in the big picture since it's all decomposing back into the soil.
Still, it's going to be nice to have one that lasts more than a year. With the wire framework supporting it, I can just add branches and fronds from time to time to keep this one going.
Here's where it sits.
If you're a little critter having to cross that open area, you now have a refuge awaiting you. I could have placed it in the central open area as a safe stopover, but I have some plans for that area, so it's a compromise between what's good for the critters and what's good for me.
A half hour after I built it, there were cardinals flitting about in it.
If you build it, they will come.