Getting Rid Of Dead Trees? 4 Ways To Reuse The Wood

Posted on: 10 July 2015

The property you bought has a few dead or overgrown trees on it. You're going to need to have them trimmed or removed, but you don't want to just haul the wood to the local landfill. Luckily, you don't have to. There are a lot of things you could do to recycle and repurpose the wood from your tree trimming. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Add To Your Landscaping

If you're going to be landscaping your new home, you can put your tree trimmings to good use. Once your trees are cut down, rent a wood chipper and turn your trees into fresh wood mulch and ground covering.

Place a layer of wood mulch in your gardens. For added soil protection, turn over the soil and add wood mulch to the soil. Work the mulch into the soil before planting your garden.  The mulch you make from your trees will improve the health of your soil so your new plants grow better. It will also improve moisture retention, so you won't have to use as much water on your new plants.

Make Some Money

The trees that you're going to remove from your yard are an excellent source of free firewood. If you have a fireplace, cut the trunk and branches into firewood and stack it in your yard. If you have more wood than you need, try selling it to your neighbors. The wood will be gone and you'll have some extra cash to use on your new home.

Decorate Your Garden

Don't spend money on concrete pavers. The tree trunk and large branches can be cut into circles and used as garden pavers. The different sizes of the wood circles will lend a unique look to your garden pathway.

Simply lay your tree trunk and branches on the ground and cut through them with a chain saw. Be sure to make each piece about 2" to 3" thick. Once you have your pieces cut, you can design your garden path using the different sized circles.

Make Decorative Coasters

If you use coasters in your home, you can create natural coasters using your dead tree. For this project you'll need to cut several small branches into 1" thick circles. Sand the circles down to remove splinters from the surface of the wood.

Apply a thin layer of waterproof sealant to one side of the wood and allow it to dry. Cut a piece of felt that's the same size as the wood circle.  Glue the felt to the bottom of the wood. You now have wood coasters that you can use or give away as gifts.

You don't have to send your dead tree to the local landfill. Instead put it to use will these creative ideas.


identifying issues with your trees

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