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3 Good Uses for Wood Chippings After a Tree Removal

Wood Chippings After a Tree Removal
You've made the decision to eliminate a large tree on your property, and you watch it come down piece by piece. Once the job of taking down the tree is complete, you have many limbs and branches, wooden blocks, and other pieces of the tree to contend with. The most efficient tree removal services use an industrial woodchipper to grind down the waste into a manageable material. 

A woodchipper is a piece of machinery that reduces solid pieces of wood into wood chips. Most professional tree services use a woodchipper so the debris left over after they remove a tree is easier to handle. Some professionals allow you to keep the chipped wood material to use for your own projects. Check out these good uses for wood chips after a tree removal.

Use the Wood Chips for Erosion Control

Chipped wood makes a good solution for erosion control for a few reasons. One, chipped wood is highly absorbent, so it helps wick away water quickly during periods of rainfall or water flow that would normally pose a problem. Secondly, chipped wood is natural and biodegradable, so dropping loads of the material into an erosion-prone area won't be an environmental threat. 

You can place the wood chips left over after your tree removal in an inconspicuous area on your property so an erosion-control expert can later distribute them in precise areas. For example, the wood chips can be spread out on sloped areas threatened by erosion or stacked around the base of sloped areas as a barrier to stop flowing water during rainfall.

With wood chips as erosion control, you can help your property maintain its structure and keep its topsoil, even during excessive rain.

Use the Wood Chips for Composting Material 

Composting material is an excellent resource if you grow a vegetable garden or enjoy supplying your landscape with valuable nutrients. The best composting material will have a good mix of brown and green materials evenly distributed throughout. Green material comes from things like lawn clippings and manure, but brown material is stuff like dry leaves, sawdust, and wood chips. 

Wood chips break down and decay just like other natural materials. Through the decay process, nutrientrich compounds develop that are richly important to support healthy plant growth. Therefore, you could ask to keep the wood chippings after a tree removal project to bulk up the brown material in your compost pile and improve its value, which will later improve your property's soil.

Use the Wood Chips for Weed Prevention 

Perhaps you have a lovely flower garden. Maybe you plan to put out a food garden. You may even have landscaped areas around trees that are prone to weed growth. Protecting these areas from weeds helps ensure nourishment and moisture goes to the plants you want to grow. Wood chips, which are essentially a natural, untreated mulch, are perfect for use as a weed prevention method.

Much like lining landscaped areas or a garden with newspapers or landscaping paper, lining the ground with wood chips creates a restrictive barrier over the soil. Therefore, once the wood chips are in place and packed down, he wood chips' bulk prevents weeds beneath from poking through. 

Just because you've removed a tree from your property, it doesn't necessarily mean that the tree will no longer be useful; it could be useful in some other form. Chipped wood serves a multitude of purposes, and just one tree can yield a lot of chipped material. Reach out to us at Anderson Tree Company for more information about keeping chipped wood after tree removal on your property.