Then when we started stacking the different sized logs and when the first few were balanced – or so we thought – they rolled away as soon as we turned! This can be solved by driving a stake into the ground on either side. However, we decided to use the trees that were already there to our advantage. This has bent the shape of our log wall into a smooth, satisfactory curve.
Once the first layer is on, stack the different sizes on top of each other, tucking small twigs in the gaps as you go. Once you’re done, you can add some planting in front and behind the wall to create even more wildlife opportunities.
In order to be as sustainable as possible, we have decided to use most of the wood from the trees. After our wooden wall was completed, we used the leftover branches to create a pasture fence in the back of the garden. In the end, all we had to do was dispose of the tree’s green foliage that had flaked off and will be used for mulching in the future.
The result turned out to be wonderful as our wall is now a key focal point in our front yard, wrapping around the back of the garden waiting for new wildlife communities to move in.
– Written by Sophie Sturgeon (BSc (Hons) – Assistant Landscape Architect)
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