Trees on your property offer an array of benefits, from boosting curb appeal to blocking the sun rays from your property in the hot summer months. The benefits are endless for anyone living in a hot summer area like Tallahassee, Florida. However, over time, you may be faced with the tough choice of having to get an emergency tree removal service if the tree poses a risk to people or your property.
Most times, what remains after tree removal service is often sent to landfills, marking the end of the life of a tree. Rather than sending the remains to the pits, have you ever considered repurposing, upcycling, or recycling the remains?
In this article, you will find amazing ideas of how you can reuse parts of a removed tree and give it a new life.
A Caveat: not all trees can be repurposed
Before commencing the ideas and options for repurposing your fallen tree, it is essential to note that not all trees can be repurposed or reused. If the tree was brought down due to a pest infestation, it is not possible to reuse it for most of the ideas you will learn. This is because some pest damage leaves a tree brittle and dangerous, while other infestations render a tree too damaged to be reused. Sometimes, complete removal of the tree from the property after the cut down is best to ensure the infection does not migrate to the remaining plants around the property.
It is always ideal to consult with a certified arborist before embarking on the journey to repurpose a fallen tree.
Repurposing reusable tree remains
Once you ascertain that tree remains are safe to be repurposed, the ideas of how you can do so are endless. These ideas can range from options that may require you to be handy to easy DIY projects that take up very little of your time.
Here is how any Tallahassee, Florida resident can repurpose fallen trees.
Make firewood from the remains
After tree removal and stump grinding service, what is left is unused tree remains that can make good firewood. Turning your leftover tree parts into firewood is one of the easiest ways to repurpose your fallen tree. To do so:
- Ask the tree removal service provider to leave the large wood pieces behind. Sometimes, they may cut the chunks into smaller firewood-size pieces.
- Split the wood into desirable firewood sizes. You can use a wood splitter as it makes the task easier than an axe.
- Season the wood. It may take a few months for the wood to dry out completely. If it is during a cold season, you can have the wood kiln-dried.
- Store the seasoned wood until you need to use it.
The firewood can be used in a firewood grill, fireplace, or fire pit. When making firewood from tree remains, you need to remember that hardwood from deciduous trees is a better firewood option than softwood (commonly from evergreen or conifer trees). Also, some wood types burn better and produce reduced smoke. These are important factors to consider when determining where to use the firewood.
Turn logs and tree stumps into outdoor furniture
This is especially a great idea if you prefer to spend a lot of your time enjoying your garden and outdoor space. Turning tree stumps and logs into attractive outdoor furniture can create an extra living space outside your house while improving the aesthetics of your yard. If you have kids, you can create peter pan or Alice in wonderland-themed tables and stools from simple logs.
A large tree stump can be turned into an attractive outdoor table, while large limbs can be chiseled down to create perfect outdoor sitting stools. This is an ideal way to create a forest-themed outdoor space in your yard.
You do not have to spend thousands of dollars on log-end tables when you can make your own with wood from your trees.
Mill it for lumber
You can also consider having your tree milled into lumber, depending on the quality and species of the wood. The best part is that you can have the service done on-site as most portable mill companies will come to you. You can ask them to saw the tree to specific dimensions. Once this is done, you should dry the wood before using it.
Ensure you consider the pros and cons of milling lumber on your own before taking this route.
Craft cutting boards, candle holders, and coasters
If you love lighting candles around your home, the remains you get after a tree trimming service can be used to craft attractive candle holders. Slabs from unfinished wood also make excellent tabletop décor and can also be sanded and oiled to create beautiful cutting boards. The smaller pieces of wood you are left with can be cut and sanded into table coasters to protect the furniture.
Create a safe habitat for trees inhabiting wildlife
If your home is near a forest, you can save some of the remaining logs or brush piles and place them near the edge of the property to benefit the wildlife in the area. Many creatures and organisms can benefit from this safe habitat. Some can use it as a food source, while others may see it as shelter.
Before doing this, ensure you familiarize yourself with the HOA or neighborhood rules since it may not be allowed in your area.
Improving your landscaping
If the leftover from the tree cutting process includes larger branches, you can use them to improve your property landscaping. These branches can be placed along pathway edges to mark the edge, prevent erosion, or prevent the plant from overgrowing onto the path.
Large logs are excellent for terracing slopes if your property is on a sloppy piece of land. Doing this will create the illusion of flat areas in the yard and is also ideal for preventing erosion. You can also cut branches into 12 to 18-inch sizes and use them to form barriers around raised beds. They also make excellent short retaining walls on slopes and can be used to delineate patio edges.
You can also hollow large logs into planters for vegetables and plants. Most twigs and sticks can be woven into fences to protect your garden beds from rodents. Also, branches with smaller diameters are excellent trellises for vines growing.
Turn your leftover wood into wood chips or mulch
If you have trees or landscaping plants on your property, you already know they can benefit from a layer of organic mulch. You can also use the remaining wood to make wood chips that can be beneficial in other areas of your yard, especially under playground equipment, along paths, or anywhere that requires a soft foot landing.
You can ask the tree cutting service to leave the wood chips behind after cutting down the tree. Just remember that you may not need all the chips created from the entire tree. Only ask for what is enough.
Summon the artist within
If you are artistic, leftover wood from a fallen tree offers an excellent opportunity to ring out the artist in you. There are numerous projects you can undertake using leftover wood. Some of the options include:
- Turning leftover tree stumps into a fairy house. You can use sticks, pinecones, and leaves to create furniture for the fairies.
- Turning pinecones into decorative pieces by spraying them with themed colors.
- Curving yourself or a loved one a unique walking stick.
- Pressing the leftover leaves into works of art for your walls
- Creating large standalone or tabletop sculptures for your home
The possibilities are endless for artistic individuals.
You can still give your trees a happy ending
A tree falling or being cut down does not have to mark the end of its life. With the ideas above, you can create endless items for your home and yard. Repurposing your tree is the perfect way to avoid feeling at a loss once the tree is cut down.