Pruning: Making art out of a dead tree makes the soil healthier too!

A new style rapidly gaining popularity is carving dead trees into art. This process begins first by removing as much of the hazardous parts of the tree as possible. That way even once the tree ultimately rots, it will still be a relatively safe to be around. Once this is accomplished an artist is found to sculpt the remaining wood…

This particular Walnut tree in Eugene, Oregon was carved by two local artists and even after more than a decade the remaining structure of this tree has yet to significantly rot or decay.

Better yet, preserving the stump of this tree maintains the soil ecosystem that grew in complextity as the tree grew older. This means that the soils surrounding the dead tree are more complex and more healthy, which means appropriate new trees planted in the area will grow better, as well as be more resistant to drought and disease.

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