Dead wood hedges – creative disposal of the pruning

Having your own garden always does work. At the latest when autumn arrives, not only is there plenty of green waste and leaves, but also dead branches and twigs. If you want to recycle and dispose of the foliage yourself , gardening enthusiasts can do this with many practical measures. But what do you do branches and dead wood that can not easily in the compost?

The so-called dead wood hedge (also called Benjes hedge) is such a place that can serve as a natural privacy screen on the one hand , but on the other hand offers a habitat for many other plants, animals and microorganisms as well as beneficial organisms in the garden . There must be no traffic jams in front of the green waste collection points if many more people would use this time-saving and environmentally friendly solution to the dead wood hedge.

What is a dead wood hedge? – Use and structure


Very few people know the word and the meaning of the deadwood hedge, since it seems to be a contradiction in terms. You expect something alive from a hedge, but you associate the opposite with “dead wood”, at least nothing that you absolutely want to have in your own garden.

However, a dead wood hedge is by no means a mere dead pile of hedge plants and branches, but a way that has been known for centuries to continue using its pruning wisely.
The massive green waste is neatly and neatly layered into an approximately 0.5 to 1 meter wide and up to 2 meter high wall or wall of any length. It is completely opaque and also a useful wind protection.

But what’s even better:

It has considerable ecological value for the following reasons:

Piles of wood are very popular hiding places hedgehogs, the heroes of the garden . They destroy snails and other vermin feared by the gardener
They are settlement areas for robins or wren. Natural nesting places, so to speak, that there is less and less to find.
Offer hiding places for young birds and useful insects
Building a dead wood hedge is very easy, because for a hedge about 3 meters long you need about 10 wooden posts in addition to the hedge cut (there are very cheap ones in any hardware store), which are each in two rows of 5 piles drifts into the earth.

The distance between the should be a distance of 0.5 – 1 meter. The width can of course vary depending on how strong the wall should ultimately become. Now place the posts 70 cm apart.

Now they have a perfect framework to stack the hedge clippings, leaves, branches and other green cuttings between these rows of rows, which do not rot even in the best composter.

Alternatively, you can, of course, pile up the woodcut without piles to a simple wall.

However, it requires significantly more space and looks less organized overall. You should only use this variant in large natural gardens or in peripheral areas of the garden.

The wood inside the dead wood hedge rotted over time and sank down. Therefore, you can gradually refill more and more clippings, which ultimately makes trips to the green collection point or chopping up a chopper unnecessary.

Design tips for deadwood hedges

If you don’t like the dead wood hedge, you can play with design elements to prettify the whole thing.

Tip 1: Use climbing plants
Fast growing and evergreen climbing plants such as clematis or wild roses are particularly suitable for this.

Tip 2: Braiding and tying
To give the whole a bit more structure and also curved, better-looking areas, it is advisable to take flexible branches and use them as braiding material and to bind / fix the coarser branches.

Tip 3: Place stones
Even with beautiful stones you can create optical anchor points in the middle or on the edge of Benjes hedges.

Integration possibilities of dead wood hedges in the garden

A Benjes hedge can basically be placed anywhere in the garden realm where a privacy screen is desired and if necessary there is no space for a fence or a growing hedge. So conceivable at property boundaries or near rather unattractive property areas such as composting bins, garbage cans, bicycle parking spaces, etc.

These hedges offer wonderful wind protection and can therefore also protect a seat from the wind. It is also ideally suited for shielding utility garden areas to the north and / or east. Wherever you need useful little helpers such as beetles, ear pinchers and other crawling animals, dead wood areas are a good idea. The infestation of insect pests is clearly prevented and the rest of the garden is more robust and protected.

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