Jake Myers wrote:My ideas would be to use them as a permanent mulch in your orchard. In my pastures the largest and healthies apple trees are the ones that have had rocks picked from the field dumped around them. If you are looking to add some one story buildings you may want to build them from rocks using slipforms in the stylr of the Nearings.
Dale Hodgins wrote:Rocks can be laid out so as to provide a snow fence. Large specimens mixed with small laid across the prevailing wind will trap snow within the mass as well as on the leeward side.
Snow melt along with wind and evaporation protection can allow trees and bushes to thrive in landscapes that wouldn't normally support them. These trees and bushes increase the effectiveness of the windbreak and snow fence. The British might call this a hedgerow. Wildlife will use it.
The same structure laid on contour, could be used to construct a sort of swale without a lot of excavating. Simply lay out the rocks and dump any unwanted brush, stumps, soil, crop residue etc. on the up hill side. Leaves from the shrubs will fall into this tangle. Water and eroded soil will accumulate.
Check out the Talus Garland effect. Google it or scroll down until you see the graphic of the rocks and tree in this thread. --- https://permies.com/t/31304/desert/Rubble-Rock-Fog-Wall-Swale
Ryan Koeneke wrote:[Thank you all for the great responses. I need a snow fence on a part of the lane into my place. The road sits in a bit of a trough with the uphill (south) side seeming to have the prevailing wind in the winter. The lane has a row of apple trees on this south side and a barbed wire fence running down the side as well. To begin this I would stack rocks up and down the barbed wire fence for the length that I need the snow fence. However, the questions I have are:
How high does the rock pile need to be for an adequate snow fence? (I will try and get pictures here in a bit)
How much stuff do I need to pile on these rocks or will just rocks do enough for the fence?
Can I gain any benefits for this style rock pile for the existing (or future) fruit trees along this lane? (ie would this be a better place for cherries or apricots that have high chances of frost due to the radiant heat from this pile in the spring?_