Dead trees or tree trunks, create a snag and that is a good thing.
A snag is a dead or dying tree.
This may not sound very attractive to the average home owner, but it is a very beneficial thing to have in your yard for wildlife.
Traditionally it has been the practice of home owners to cut down trees in their yard after they die.
It may still be necessary if the tree is too close to the house and there is risk of it damaging the home or causing harm to people.
But cutting off the top and leaving a tall stump, may be sufficient to save the house from damage and to supply a useful snag.
We all know the many and wonderful benefits of trees that are living.
But we don't always think about the advantages of standing dead trees as necessary for sustaining wildlife.
Many wild birds will use snags for multiple purposes.
Wild birds are not the only creatures who use snags either.
There are many animals and insects that get an abundance of use from snags.
According to the National Wildlife Federation, 1200 species of wildlife benefit from dead or downed trees which are in various stages of decay.
Hardwood trees make better nesting sites and softwood makes a better food source. Providing both will balance the need for housing and sustenance.
You can create snags if there are no natural ones available in your area or yard.
Only if the tree is showing signs of dying, I would not recommend doing this to a healthy tree.
Attracting wildlife with dead trees at every stage of the decaying process provides a variety of life giving benefits to forest wildlife.
Snags also ensure that the next generation of young trees will have the nutrients necessary for life.
A snag already has a beneficial purpose, so give it another reason to be saved from the axe!
A tree stump creation can be established as a focal point in your garden. It could be a piece of garden art!
You can acheive this in many different ways by letting your ingenuity shine.
To get things started here is a list of ways other people have found to save their dead trees for birdlife.
Please let us know if you come up with a unique idea. We would love to share it here!
Snag a tree for the birds!