Tips To Help You Remove And Recycle A Tree In Your Yard

24 April 2017
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog


When you have a tree in your yard that needs to be removed for one of several different reasons, you don't need to waste the wood by sending the pieces to the landfill or letting its limbs sit in your yard and molder. A full grown tree is a large source of wood that you can use in many different ways. Here are some tips to help you put your tree to good use when you decide to cut it down.

Wood Chip the Branches and Trunk

If you are trained to safely remove a tree from your yard, you can trim the tree's branches to cut it into segments and dismantle it from the limbs down to the trunk. If you are not trained in safe tree removal, it is best to hire a professional tree removal company to complete this for you. Once all the tree branches have been cut and lowered to the ground, you can turn them into wood chips for your landscape or garden. 

Rent a wood chipper or ask the tree removal company if they can chip the wood for you. Then, you can place the wood chips onto bedding soil around plants and other landscaping plants in your yard.

Wood chips make a great mulch and weed barrier to use in your vegetable garden. Wood chips layered over the soil helps keep moisture in your soil for better plant health. The wood chips will also slowly decompose during the growing season to add nutrients back into the soil for improved plant growth.

Grind the Stump

After the trunk and upper section of the tree have been removed, you don't need to leave the stump in the soil. By removing the stump, you can use the soil for planting another tree or other vegetation. Depending on the size of the stump, you may not be able to dig it up to remove it from the soil. In this situation, you can use a stump grinder to remove the stump and add beneficial wood mulch back into the soil.

Rent a stump grinder, or you can hire a professional tree removal company to use their gas-powered stump grinder to grind away the stump and till it into the soil. This process breaks apart and loosens any root systems and the surrounding soil to turn it into rich and nutrient-filled soil. You can immediately replant a new tree or other vegetation into the prepared soil.

Use these tips to help you recycle the wood of an old tree from your yard. For more information, visit sites like