How to make your own log pile:
Creating your own log pile is an easy task. It involves choosing a great location, collecting a variety of log sizes and species, and bulking out the area with leaves and other vegetation.
- Location. The ideal spot for a logpile in your garden is one that has natural sunlight and is a good distance away from fire hazards or buildings.
- Ground preparation. It’s ideal to clear the ground of any existing vegetation, and you can dig a small trench to stabilise the logs.
- Collecting the logs. Fallen branches and decaying wood is perfect to ensure the release of nutrients into the soil. Aim for a variety of log sizes and species to attract varying wildlife and grow different fungi.
- Laying the logs. Place larger logs at the bottom of a pile, alternating the logs’ orientation to create small spaces in-between for wildlife to inhabit. Also, add leaves and other organic materials such as dry grass to mimic a natural woodland floor. Leaves on top of logs are great for frost protection too.
- Enhance surrounding areas. Planting wildflowers and shrubs is a great way to enhance the habitat and attract further wildlife such as pollinators to the nearby area.
- Maintenance. Structural integrity is important for the logpiles as if they decay too much, the habitat will no longer be useful. Periodically add new logs and replace any over-decayed ones to maintain the quality of the habitat.