Mesquite Trees To recap and better explain the life cycle of Mesquite as a compost material. 1. Only living Mesquites should be harvested for a compost material. Reason, Agent Orange was used in your area until sometime in the early 80s by ranchers and many of those stands are still in place as dead trees. 2. Harvest only the limbs, shred the limbs and leave in place on the surface, add grass clippings or other nitrogen if available. In 6 months or so when all the surface insects have reduced most of the wood to holes or sawdust then use as a mulch or compost. 3. Never use the trunks unless they are shredded to a pulp. The trunks have an ability to resist rot and bug infestation when left above the surface and even below the surface they still resist absorbing water and bugs. I suppose it is a natural preservative and toxin which combines. Later today I will provide pictures of the two pieces of a stump that I cut down after it was dead and in place for 3 or more years. The two pieces were then moved to a ravine, left in the muck and shade to rot. Now, setting in the Front End Loader Bucket, you will see that they are in fine shape for their age. I just retrieved the Mesquite pieces and will section them for knife scales. The Burl will also be harvested soon for more Mesquite trinkets. Mesquite Log in the Bucket 1 Mesquite Log in the Bucket 2 Mesquite Log Split not washed Mesquite Log That has been on the ground several years Mesquite Log That has been on the ground several years with bug holes. Mesquite Logs in the Bucket Mesquite Log Split Showing water retention but no rot after 6 months in the water. Mesquite Log Split Showing water retention but no rot after 6 months in the water2 Mesquite Log Split Showing water retention but no rot after 6 months in the water 3. The spot the logs lay for 6 months. Stump the Logs were cut from. No Rot after 4 years. Mesquite Trees can be used in the same way as most Hard Wood Trees. Knife scales are but one. I am in the process of redoing a WESTERN Bowie into a more balanced design and the project will carry some of the wood you see above.