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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.