April 12, 2013
Brush Piles: Make An Instant Food Source for Wildlife - 1
This is a great time of year to get out there on your property and do something for whitetails. One of our favorite projects is to create living brush piles for wildlife. As you might guess, living brush piles are piles of limbs and brush that still produce stems, buds, sprouts and leaves for wildlife food and cover and are virtual wildlife magnets. Let me explain.
Unlike traditional brushpiles comprised of stacked dead limbs and brush, living brushpiles are made by stacking living trees. You cut three-quarters of the way through 4- to 8-inch tree and letting it tip over without breaking totally free from the stump. We call this hinge cutting and the trick is to create a living hinge that still allows nutrition to pass from the roots to the rest of the felled tree. In essence, it lives on its side before eventually dying.
So grab your chainsaw and do something good for wildlife next weekend. To find out more about creating wildlife habitat visit www.northcountrywhitetails.com.