Cutting Down A Tree? What To Do With The Wood And Branches

After you cut down a tree, you are left with a lot of branches and wood. Instead of simply throwing these away, you can do many things with them. For example, you can use them for mulch, as protection for your plants in the winter, and more. The tree service can remove all of the debris for you also, if you prefer.

Use Tree Debris as Mulch

To use your tree debris as mulch, you will need to rent or purchase a wood shredder/chipper. This machine will grind the wood down for you into small chips. Follow the directions for the shredder/shipper you rent or purchase. In most cases, you simply put the pieces of wood into the chipper, and it comes out the other end in pieces. You should wear safety equipment when doing this, as pieces of wood can fly out of the chipper. Wear some safety goggles, safety gloves, and wear pants and long sleeves to protect your skin. Make sure the pieces of wood are small, such as about one inch long. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, you can hire a tree arborist to do it for you, or they can show you the proper way to use the chipper.

Once you have the chips of wood, put a layer of them around your plants and flowers. Approximately two inches will suffice. When you finish, push the wood chips away from the base of the plant, as the wood chips hold in moisture. This is good for the soil, but you do not want the moisture collected at the base of the plants. If this happens, the roots can rot, and the plants will die.

Use Branches as Protection

Laying the tree branches over your flowerbeds, gardens, etc., can protect the plants during the cold winter months. You do not want to use any heavy wood, but only the branches themselves. Plants only need to be lightly covered during the winter, as they still need to get sunshine, as well as moisture from the rain and snow.

Make a Makeshift Clock

When the tree has been trimmed, the stump is left behind. Before the tree arborist grinds it down, have them cut off a layer of about 10 to 12 inches. Purchase a clock kit from a hardware store. Drill a hole in the middle of the wood. You can use a sander to sand down the wood to make it smooth. Spread some shellac over each side of the wood by brushing it on to give the click a nice sheen. You can purchase this at most home supply stores.

Follow the directions that should be in the clock kit, and insert the shaft in the middle hole. Connect the clock hands to the shaft. When you are finished, mount the clock on your wall. Even though this clock does not actually work, it looks nice on your wall.

You should never try to cut a large tree down on your own, but instead hire a tree service, such as Al Miley & Associates, to do it for you.