“We have accounts where we prune/remove trees, shrubs, etc., and pile the debris in their backyard for eventual burning. We usually ask folks not to burn these piles until late April or May, because it provides habitat for native mammals and birds while they’re giving birth to their young.
“What say you? Is this an environmentally good thing to do? ’Cause, why do we grow trees in the first place? Makes you think, doesn’t it?”
“Nature does not need any help from us. It has done its thing for a long time, even before we were around. I don’t think leaving a brush pile for wildlife is a good thing or necessary. Example; you have a brush pile, squirrels (such as flying ones) nest and have young. Who says they will be out of that pile before you burn it? They should be nesting in other places, i.e. trees.
“I know around here the birds don’t start to come back until late April/early May, and they should be in fields, bushes and trees. Squirrels normally nest in trees. Rabbits in fields and brush piles (but have their young when you are burning). Mice, who wants mice around? You might find a bear in a brush pile, but if you find them there, you have bigger problems. I wouldn’t worry about leaving brush around, I would burn it when I could”
“Burn the pile right away or charge them to remove the brush and everything else that piles up. I know in my area, a lot of people want everything removed off their property, especially grass, because it smells in the summer.”
“I would sell them on it’s a bad thing to have that pile. Make more money hauling it off.”
“One more thing I would like to add. It isn’t exactly environmentally friendly to burn brush. You release greenhouse gasses when the material is burned. Also, most people I know use some kind of accelerant to get the pile going (not good, and dangerous). Chip it up and get rid of it. If you haven’t got a chipper, rent one. If you can’t rent one, you are in the wrong business.”
“I would never tell someone to burn their brush or even do it for them, for that matter. Charge them to get rid of it where it can compost to nothing. Make money whenever you can. Especially an easy task like that.”
“In addition, being a firefighter, I have seen a few good brush fires. I have been through Pennsylvania wildland fire courses. They make a really good point in this course. The first thing they say: If the fire gets out of hand, the person responsible is the one that struck the match. So, if it gets away from you and you burn their house down, the neighbor’s [house] or the whole town, you are liable. I don’t think you carry enough insurance to cover that. The authorities can also come after you for the costs of suppression (putting the fire out). And, if anyone gets hurt, sorry man, you are in trouble.”
“Chip and compost and/or char with a proper kiln = biochar. Great for the lawns too, it helps hold the fertilizer in the soil.”
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