Having a problem tree removed from your property can be a big relief. But it can also create its own challenge. Rather than having an at-risk tree looming over your yard, you might find yourself with a large pile of logs heaped in it instead. Although it is customary for Premier Tree Solutions to dispose of logs from a property after a tree removal, some homeowners request to keep them. Handling the aftermath of a tree removal can feel daunting, but we have some clever ideas for what you can do with leftover wood.
7 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Wood
1. Fuel Your Fire
Whether it’s for an outdoor pit or an indoor fireplace, leftover logs make the perfect fuel for burning a fire. You’ll need to season the wood before burning, which takes six to twelve months, but you’ll be grateful you saved the wood when chilly nights roll around!
2. Create a Bee Haven
There are few things bees love more than an undisturbed pile of wood. If you have a remote spot on your property, consider stacking some logs to invite these beloved black and yellow friends to create a home. Doing so will benefit our environment, as bee populations are declining worldwide.
3. Design New Décor
If you’ve ever read The Giving Tree, you know that a sturdy stump can double as a soothing seat. Apply this concept to your logs by creating chairs, benches, or other furniture out of them. Even if you’re not handy with woodworking, you might be able to bring the wood to a local artisan who can design a piece for you. Having furniture made from your very own tree is a move that’s both sentimental and sustainable.
4. Make the “Mulch” of It
Mulch has countless benefits. It’s a superb insulator, can inhibit weed growth, and makes a great visual impact. When you have a lot of flower beds or spaces, purchasing mulch material can get expensive. Even when you enlist a professional to shred your logs, you’ll still be saving on next season’s supply.
5. Separate Spaces
Cleanly outline your sidewalks, driveway, and other spaces with logs. These natural path markers will blend in with your landscape, while still creating distinct separate areas. Leftover logs and branches can even be used as makeshift retaining walls to support small terrace slopes.
6. Reach Out to Neighbors
When you’ve used up all the wood that you can, contact neighbors and friends located nearby to see if they’re interested in taking any. Many people with wood burning stoves or fireplaces will be happy to accept the tree-at.
7. Contact Your Town
When all else fails, contact your town’s municipal services to find out about the process for getting rid of leftover logs. Some cities and counties will take tree trunks with other landscape waste and brush on designated days. In other areas, you may have to schedule a pickup or drop the wood off yourself at a predetermined location. Before you do so, however, make sure you’ve looked into resources for recycling, such as reclaimed wood donations. Some organizations even offer pickup services for landscape materials and will gladly take the extra logs off your hands.
If you have a problem tree that needs removal, contact Premier Tree Solutions for prompt and efficient service. Our experts specialize in safe tree removal that preserves the rest of your property. Call 404-252-6448 to schedule a free assessment or send us a project proposal online.