Trees provide clean air as they produce oxygen, intercept airborne particulates, and reduce smog. Throughout a typical trees’ lifespan of eight to 12 years, it absorbs carbon dioxide, emits fresh oxygen, stabilizes soil, protects water supplies, and provides refuge for wildlife.
Recycled Trees Can Be Turned into Mulch, Wood Pellets & More
Trees can be turned into mulch, wood pellets, compost additive, soil conditioner and animal bedding. The most common use for trees is to make mulch or compost out of it that can be used for landscaping. Mulch is a great way to keep the trees in your yard healthy and moist during the colder months. Tree needles are also full of nutrients that are beneficial to the soil.
Splitting a Tree Stump & Trunk into Firewood
Many trees can be used for firewood. Some should only be used for outdoor firewood as the sap is flammable and creosote buildup can become harmful. So, make sure you know what you’re burning before you decide to do it indoors. The ashes from the firewood can be sprinkled over your garden. These ashes contain potassium and lime that can beneficial to your plants. Plus, they will keep insects away.
Sinking Trees for Fish Habitat in Ponds
Cut trees still have branches, structure and needles that are beneficial to wildlife and the environment when they are returned to a natural outdoor setting. Trees can be added to bodies of water and used as habitats for fish and underwater life. The weight of the tree will act as an anchor. Algae will start to form on it to feed fish and protect them from predators.
Tree Crafts & More
Trunks of trees can be used for wood crafts or to edge a garden. The branches can also be used in your garden. Lay the branches down on your garden bed to protect it when the winter freezes come. The branches will provide a constant temperature for your plants.
Benefits of Tree Recycling
Saving logs and tree debris reduces greenhouse gases during the decaying process. As trees are cut down, often seedlings are planted in their place. As people purchase them, they support local economies and that environmental stewardship continues when trees are recycled. Wood is an extremely precious and finite resource that needs to be protected. Recycling is an important part of the green revolution and 41% of consumers prefer to buy from companies they perceive as “sustainable.” Another part of the green revolution is the growing market for renewable power in the form of biomass energy. Trees that are recycled also eliminate the cost of adding additional debris to landfills. According to the EPA, when we make new products out of virgin materials, we expend energy to extract and process those materials. Recycling costs less than landfill disposal, even when factoring in the costs of machinery operation, transportation, labor and tipping fees.