If “only God can make a tree,” how can you instantly construct one to suit a landscape design need?

Joyce Kilmer wrote, “Only God can make a tree.” A mock log, on the other hand, can be made by almost anybody.

After transplanting some salvaged wild currants (locating them uphill from our composting area), I recognized I needed to add something in between the shrubs and compost piles in order to suppress weeds and, more importantly, satisfy an aesthetic need. I ended up constructing what appears to be a large, fallen tree.

Scrounging from my collection of hollowed-out stumps and harvesting bark from dead quaking aspen, I made what appears to be a 15-foot-long, fallen tree.

The construction also serves as a haven for small critters, which our dog finds endlessly entertaining.

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