We've recently moved into our first home, which has an established garden. I've just pruned my first hibiscus tree, and have heaps of prunings, which I've added to a 1m diameter circular compost heap (built using fencing mesh). The branches are only up to 2cm thick, and are quite fleshy. I cut them into lengths to fit across the heap, probably 20-30 cm lengths. Because we have so much of the prunings, we've added a layer of horse manure, and am hoping that it will become a hot compost. I'm in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, sub-tropical climate. I've also added bamboo husks and leaves from the frangipanis that are shedding at the moment, so the pile is about 90cm high. Is anyone able to advise me if using the woody prunings without putting them through a shredder was a bad or a good idea?