University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System: Water Quality and the Home Landscape

Sustainable Landscaping: Good Ecology

by Carl Salsedo, Ph.D.

Extension Educator, Horticulture

Use brush for wildlife habitat and mulch

Create a brush pile made from saplings or tree branches to manage habitat on your property. For best results, piles should be three to five feet high, about fifteen feet in diameter and kept very loose. This will allow grass and other plants to grow in them, creating more food and cover for wildlife. These piles can be particularly useful for rabbits and quail, especially if located at the edge between fields and woodlands.

Chip woody trimmings and use the chips for mulch in flower and ornamental beds or on walking paths to keep weeds down and pathway clean.

Reduce trimmings by selecting dwarf varieties and always plan for the mature height of trees and shrubs before planting.