Written by Joshua Mcdowell
Yarra Eco Pty Ltd
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When pruning or removing a tree on your property, there are always going to be byproducts produced in the form of branches, logs and sawdust. Luckily for everybody involved, there are several different uses for the byproducts that are generated from tree work.
Unless there is a large open area, your tree is likely going to be climbed and dismantled piece by piece. This process always goes in the same order, which is branches first (albeit sometimes really large ones), and logwood second which can also differ in terms of size due to access. Finally, if the stump is being removed, you’d grind that out at the end. The branches that are removed from the extremities of larger trees will usually fit straight into the wood chipper in one go, and sometimes smaller trees can be chipped whole without the need to cut them up or process them.
The mulch generated from chipping the branches will be a good balance of ‘green’ and ‘brown’ composting materials, meaning nitrogen and carbon-rich respectively. Some people prefer to let mulch sit in a pile for a couple of months to start breaking down, and whilst this can be good practise, there’s no harm in using fresh mulch as surface cover. It is great for the purposes of moisture retention and weed suppression in garden beds and around the base of trees. Be careful not to stack mulch too high around the trunk of a tree, however, as this can have a detrimental effect.
Logwood is the material that we come across once all of the outer extremities have been removed from larger tree specimens. These lengths of timber can either be mulched with a large wood chipper (depending upon their size) similarly to the branches prior, or they can be cut into firewood rounds. The mulch produced by purely chipping logs is much more carbon-heavy, and it looks a lot neater than that of chipping the foliage with leaves on it. This would look fantastic on the ground inside of a play area, or a mulched pathway.
Firewood rounds are pieces of wood, cut to the desired length (usually marginally smaller than whatever the opening of the customer’s log fire measures) which we can then stack into a pile ready for splitting. Although we don’t typically offer the service of splitting log rounds into small firewood, we can point you in the right direction if wood splitter hire is what you’re after.
Thanks for taking the time to read this article. If you would like to discuss any of the information mentioned, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at Yarra Eco Pty Ltd.