Create a Tree Trunk Border

Tree Trunk Border Walk Path

Creating a tree trunk border was inspired by our recent rain activity.  I’ve lost track of how many inches and instead of focusing on the things we can’t do we’ve decided to turn our energy towards the things we can.

Starting with fixing the walk path to the garden and quail area by keeping the mulch from washing away.  I had a feeling this would happen so I had this plan, but guess what happened?  My plan didn’t get implemented in time before the heavy rain showed up.

So, when the mulch started to wash away we decided to incorporate this tree trunk border between rainfall.  This concept will allow me to keep a natural walk path because I really don’t want to replace it with gravel.

Cutting the Logs for the Walk path

Begin with Cutting Trees

If you’ve been following our activity you know that tree cutting is a big part of getting this land ready.

We’ve been clearing for a while and many of those trees were cut into 6 ft. posts.  We’re using them for fencing consisting of cedar and post oak.

A lot of times the tree top isn’t anything that can work for a fence post so instead of burning or turning them into mulch I decided to have Robert cut shorter posts for the walk paths.

He did this using a chain saw and cut them in odd sizes because I want this border to look woodsy and uneven.

Cut Logs ready for ground install

Cut with an Angle

The posts are cut at an angle so they look like stakes and the top will be flat.  This makes it easy to drive into the ground instead of digging a hole.

The ideal time of year to incorporate a project like this would be during the wet season especially if you live on black clay like we do.


Line Everything up before inserting

Lining up the Posts

Place the posts so they’re side by side and try not to have gaps in between.

I line the pointed end against the most recently added post and began to insert.  You can see the ground is very moist so getting them in place takes very little effort.

Hammer each one Into the Ground

Hammer in Place

This is our trusty Thor hammer, our son named it back from our days on the farm; it’s actually called a 5 lb. sledge hammer.

This is a great tool and perfect for this project, all that’s necessary is to pound the post in the ground about a good 6 to 8 inches.

This can also be done by digging a hole and inserting the post but when the ground is wet like it has been here pounding is faster and offers a secure install.

Tree Trunk Border for a Walk path

We have about 70 more posts to cut and install with hope to complete over the next few days. Once this is finished then it will be time to make more mulch.

The work seems to never ends and the funny thing is we love that because we can see our progress and it feels amazing.

Tree trunk borders are a lot of fun, they’re great for walk paths and garden spaces because they define a space in a natural way.

You can also purchase something similar at home improvement stores, they’re assembled on a wire strip that pokes into the ground.

They’re pretty but they’re not natural looking.

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  1. Patti says:

    I love this idea and the fact that you put some thought into the design. Definitely charming and woodsy. Such a good use of materials that you have readily available.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Patti – I took most of the day off today and did my spring cleaning and then put away the winter clothes. We’re waiting for the ground to dry out a little more so we can continue. Perhaps tomorrow afternoon we can get another 20 in the ground.

  2. daisy says:

    Love this idea. I wish I could see it from a distance though. Maybe when you’ve completed the project you can take a shot farther away? You’ve given me a great idea to line our paths with all the wood I’ve cut down from our wooded area. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Carole says:

      Glad you asked Daisy because yes I will be showing it off once finished. It’s so incredibly wet here right now, lots of nearby flooding do to all the recent rainfall. It rained for nearly two weeks – it was so depressing and really tested the Tiny Living… We survived!! I can’t even walk in the path right now without my feet sinking in so I’m waiting for it to dry out and hopefully finish next week or the following. Just wish I would have completed before all the rain and that wouldn’t be the case. Live and learn, we’re also deciding on grass seed right now. I love Spring!!

  3. KD Dunbar says:

    How long did you cut your posts and how far did you drive them into the ground?

    1. Carole says:

      Robert cut these anywhere from 1 – 1.5 feet and they went 6 to 8 inches in the ground. Those details are under “Hammer in Place” Inserting when the ground is wet will offer the best results.

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