Has it ever crossed your mind what happened to the wood after arborists or tree surgeons felled a tree?
Where do the wood chips go? And how about the branches?
As more homeowners are getting keen on keeping the hardwood for their fuel, a tree company favours this gesture because it lightens the burden on their part—but not all the time.
Residents would use the branches as firewood, and it would be a significant supply if the tree is enormous. Sometimes, the remnants of a dead tree are broken down and made into an organic matter as a food source for many species thriving in our ecosystem.
Let’s see what really happens to the fallen trees.
Repurposing a Removed Tree
Usually, when a professional tree surgeon brings down a tree, the fallen tree is sent to a landfill or made into wood products and mulch for the woodchips.
Instead of getting rid of the tree entirely, it can stay with you and repurpose the remains. But you have to be careful because not all the remnants are reusable, especially for diseased trees.
A tree infested with bugs and disease is not worthy of reuse. If you are not sure of this, ask your tree care contractor.
So, here’s what you can do with the remaining parts of the fallen tree:
- Use those branches as firewood.
- Create a chopping board from the huge trunk.
- Season the remaining wood for other purposes like candle holders, coasters, or anything you can think of.
- Use the logs and stumps as furniture and sell them if you like. (Furniture of these materials are expensive)
- Cut the branches and place them on the ground that needs levelling.
- Build a fence.
- Use the wood chips as organic mulch for healthier plants in your garden.
Why Trees Are Felled
Though the primary reason for tree felling is for safety purposes, some homeowners want their trees cut for aesthetic reasons. Or, if the overgrown tree is blocking the sunlight, tree experts would recommend only trimming.
That’s why consultation with a tree care service is crucial to your decision, and local authorities’ stand on compromised trees, even if they are within your premises.
You will learn more about tree preservation orders (TPOs) here. TPOs are legal undertakings issued by the government if and when the law binds a particular tree and if you have certain permission to forego with the tree.
Safety rules first. The main reason you called for a tree surgeon is that a dying tree is causing a threat to your home and the environment.
A dying or diseased tree can potentially spread microorganisms that will infect adjacent trees and destroy plant life. You wouldn’t want your garden landscape to get ruined by a dead tree.
Tree surgeons will inspect the tree and how it further poses risks to other plants. They know what other plant species that might go into extinction when infected with the diseased tree.
Next to safety is aesthetics. It is inherent to us that when something unattractive is blocking our home, we remove it. The same thing applies to unwanted trees.
Trees that have overgrown are not only unpleasant to the eyes but can damage other parts of your property.
When branches and leaves extend to the roof gutter system, it will disrupt the draining system and lead to more severe problems. Sometimes, little birds love to nest on the hollow soffit.
What could be more an opportunity for them to harbour is when branches and leaves touch the roof edge.
Another matter to consider is to ensure that when tree felling is ongoing, it will not affect your neighbour’s property. This is a common dispute among neighbours that compels each party to bring the case to court.
Tree felling is a risky job, and tree care specialists or tree surgeons should handle it. Tree surgeons have unique skills and certifications that qualify them to carry out tree felling for various reasons.
More than the skills, tree surgeons know how to use heavy equipment, have experienced working on heights, are exposed to potential hazards and risks of falling, and have cut hundreds of trees in public and private contracts.
So, the next time you have a tree that needs felling, call our tree surgeons.