The Best Thing to Do With a Brush Pile

So you’re a farmer and you’ve got this pile of brush you made out of tenacious, multi-flora rose bushes, overgrown honeysuckle, wily spiked hawthorn trees and dead limb wood. Before you touch a ma

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5 thoughts on “The Best Thing to Do With a Brush Pile

  1. I feel like folks are taking this piece more seriously than either I or Troy intended. I’m sure it’s my fault for the headline I wrote that gave folks the impression that I think the only good thing to do with a brush pile is to have a BBQ. That wasn’t our intent at all. We just wanted to show a couple of farm families getting together and enjoying the fruits/meats of their labor in an unusual and fun way. Yes, it’s still a good idea to use brush in all the ways folks have mentioned here. But sometimes, maybe we can have a good time too. Just a thought. 🙂



  2. Where will the rabbits hide from the hawks and eagles if I burn the brush? No, I like the piles of brush where they are. If we need mulch for the garden (we have caliche and wood acidifies the soil) then a few hours with a chipper cools the soil for the garden. More, when starting a new bed, you have to dig below the caliche or forget it. Roots will not go thru caliche. Bury the brush and backfill, then in a few months plant. Plenty of carbon in that brush. Like Dr. Carver taught, put the black back in the soil and farmers will again be wealthy as they were in generations past. Niio.

  3. I use my brush to build a natural fence above a creek. For several years I won’t have to build a fence and created great habitat.

  4. We’re using our brush to build hugelkultur structures on contour in our pastures and woods. Creates water sinks and slows the flow of water off the land. We then cover with any biomass we can find, including waste leaves and discarded clothing, cover that with thin layer of hay, then soil, then plant. Great way to start trees and shrubs. No fire involved. I use this in planters, find I only have to water 2-3 times per summer in hot dry southern Oregon.

  5. I consider cooking like that a waste of fuel …… biochar would be better . We need carbon in the soil , not in the atmosphere …. a smoky fire is the tell tale sign that there’s an ‘incomplete burn’

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