Wood chips produced by tree service companies are a byproduct of tree operations. They are composed of a variety of tree components, including bark, branches, leaves, berries, and blooms. Wood chips help the soil retain and release moisture by utilizing all parts of the tree. Once a tree is felled, the trunk is either chipped into mulch and hauled away or cut into smaller logs or blocks for other purposes, but the roots remain in the ground. Without leaves, the cut tree cannot produce sufficient food for its roots to grow. But after felling that inconvenient tree from your property, what do tree services do with wood? It’s an age-long question. Sure, they’d hand you over the woodchips if you ask them, but that doesn’t happen very often. So, what exactly happens with the tree? We’re here to answer that question for you today.
Things Tree Services Do with The Wood
• Return Them to The Owner: As previously stated, customers frequently request woodchips for their garden after a tree is removed. Tree services are more than happy to comply, as it results in one fewer trip for woodchip disposal. Woodchips are extremely useful for gardeners. They are highly effective at suppressing weeds. Weeds are prevented from germinating by incorporating woodchips into the area.
• Store for Later Sale: The majority of tree services do not have a yard for woodchip storage. The few who succeed in doing so will profitably resell them. They are typically sold directly to landscapers or to private customers who require them for their work. Due to the fact that selling them immediately is not always possible, they opt to store them and sell them as landscapers request.
• Give Away to Landscape Suppliers: For tree services that lack a yard to store their equipment, the ability to quickly unload it is critical. If their truck becomes too full of chips, they will be unable to continue working and will be forced to dump them. Generally, woodchips are plentiful, and tree services are willing to unload them for free. Landscape suppliers can be a lucrative source of revenue due to their involvement in the sale of landscape materials. They will easily be able to sell the woodchips to their landscaping clients. This is a win-win situation, as tree services benefit from a simple and convenient method of disposing of woodchips, while landscape suppliers or nurseries profit 100% on their sale.
• Log Yards: Most of the wood is transported to wood yards, where arborists are compensated for their work. These companies serve as middlemen in the timber procurement industry. After receiving the logs, they will be graded and sorted by size, species, and quality. The logs are then loaded onto a truck and transported to a lumber mill or chip mill for sale.
• Mill: Only a select few tree service companies are permitted to sell to mills directly. Different mills produce a diverse range of products. Several specialize in railroad ties, while others specialize in dimensional lumber for export to Europe and Asia. Still others specialize in paper processing. When it comes to transporting logs to a mill, a tree service provider, on the other hand, must have all his ducks in a row. In contrast to a wood yard, many mills accept only a single species of log and require specific grades and lengths. Thus, only the highest graded lumber leaves the wood yard for the lumber mills. If the incorrect grade, length, size, or species is taken, a penalty will be assessed.
• Powerplants: Alternative to be recycled as lumber or chipped wood, recent advances in green energy have created a plethora of opportunities for woodchip disposal. So, the tree may end up in a green landfill or biomass energy plant. Recent retrofits of power plants have included the use of biomass as an alternative energy source. These plants convert the woodchips into energy.
• Turning & Carving: Certain arborists take pleasure in turning and carving wood. The criteria for selecting the best suitable wood for turning are diametrically opposed to those used to grade lumber. When choosing a piece to turn, the most hideous, deformed piece possible is chosen. As a result, a one-of-a-kind piece with personality and beauty will be created. Certain businesses elect not to sell these items and instead distribute them freely throughout the town.
• Firewood: As with decorating with wood, some businesses convert them into usable firewood. The tree removal company may sell it as firewood or process it through a wood chipper to create mulch. While it may appear to be straightforward, it is a little more complicated than that. Not all woodchips can be converted into firewood because certain criteria must be met, such as the moisture content and texture of the chips.