What is Wood Chipping?
Wood chipping is the process of reducing tree branches and other woody debris into small pieces, usually with a chipper. Chipped wood can be used for mulch, compost, or animal bedding. It can also be used to create paths or driveways.
Wood chips can be made from any type of wood, but hardwoods like oak and maple create the best chips. Softwoods like pine and cedar are more likely to turn into sawdust when they are chipped. The size of the wood chips depends on the size of the chipper. Smaller chip sizes are better for mulch, while larger chip sizes can be used for paths or driveways.
When choosing a wood chipper, it is important to consider the power of the engine and the size of the chipping capacity. Some wood chippers can handle branches up to 6 inches in diameter, while others can only handle smaller branches. Wood chipping is a great way to reduce tree waste and create useful products from tree trimming or removal projects.
If you have a lot of tree trimming or removal projects, you may want to consider investing in a wood chipper. Chippers can be rented from most home improvement stores or bought outright. Be sure to read the owner’s manual before operating the chipper. Or you can call Dunstable Tree Services to do all the hard work for you!
Benefits of Chipping Wood
There are many benefits to chipping wood, including:
- Chipped wood makes excellent mulch. Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil, prevents weed growth, and protects plant roots from extreme temperatures.
- Chipped wood can be used as animal bedding. It is absorbent and helps to keep animals warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
- Chipped wood can be used to create paths or driveways. The wood chips act as a natural weed barrier and help to prevent erosion.
- Wood chips can be composted. Composting accelerates the decomposition of organic matter, making it an excellent way to reduce tree waste.