Compost : Compost Trees

Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert
Village. In this series, we are talking all about how to start your own compost heap.
In this segment, we are going to discuss turning trees into compost. Here we have our pile
of wood chips, or wood clippings, or wood compost. This last summer, we had quite a
few large trees and a couple of them were on their way out, dying, and we wanted to
build a shop in that area, so we had some trees we had to dispose of. So, the first
thing we did was we hired an expert to cut down the main tree from the top to the bottom
into big hunks, so that we could use it for firewood. Then, we had all the branches cut
off and we didn’t know what to do with them. So, my husband rented a chipper at the local
rental equipment store and we brought it home. It wasn’t very much to rent it for a day,
we were very surprised to find out it wasn’t as much as we thought it would be. And we
took all of the branches and ran it through the chipper and as a result, we have a pile
of wood chips. I love my wood chips. I’m using it for everything; between our raised flower
beds, we had some pest barrier (which is plastic) down and we were going to put rocks on top
of it, but we decided to put the wood chips on top. No weeds have come up and it’s really
nice in between the raised beds too. It’s making it really warm in between, and everything
is growing really well. Now, when I’m starting some new raised beds, I’m just putting a little
layer of the wood chips on the bottom of the raised bed. That way I know there is going
to be great drainage and none of my plants will rot. So, I’m going to put compost on
top of the chips. So, I just find that whenever you have trees that you need to get rid of
or anything else that is woody, you can always rent a chipper and turn it into wood compost
that you can use for many years. Next we will talk about how to use leaves and grass clippings
in compost.

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