Here is the stick pile you saw when you visited, now covered with dirt. One of the photos is fuzzy, but gives a little better perspective on the height. It’s a good 10″ deep (dirt & sticks included) on the lowest side. I have nowhere else to salvage chipped leaves, so I may wait to top-dress it until the leaves begin to fall and I have a fresh supply to chip. Hopefully, by then, the rains will have helped the dirt drizzle down into the sticks even more than my garden hose watering did. It will take a while to determine the success of these stick piles turning into good humus, but it is nice to have a way to hide the sticks that are always falling from these wonderful trees. And they will be great barriers against more soil washing away, in addition to possible filtering of ‘acid-rich tea’ from the decomposing sticks – something for the plants in the downhill area. So many of the sticks are already a bit dry rotted, after hanging on a branch in a tree for a couple of years until the fork in the hanging branch broke loose and let it all fall down. Okay, I’m going out front and water now, while I try to dream up additional ways to hide more of the retaining wall stones near the house.