If you're like most homeowners, you place great value on the trees in your yard. They provide beauty, protection from wind, and cooling shade on a hot summer day. Mature landscaping also adds to your home's overall appraised value. However, as living creatures, all trees come with an expiration date.
Once a tree reaches the point where it can no longer be saved, it not only begins to distract from the aesthetic of the property, but it can pose a safety hazard for household occupants, guests, and neighbors. For instance, dead or damaged wood is far weaker than its healthy counterparts, and therefore blows down much more easily during storms. Trees may also have to come down if they are growing too close to power lines or their roots are causing significant disruption to underground sewer pipes or sidewalks. But if you're like many people, you've got at least some amount of emotional connection with your trees and want to retain a part of them after they've been removed. Here's how you can do that:
Have Them Chipped For Mulch
Tree removal professionals also have access to chippers, so ask yours about the possibility of having your tree chipped to use as mulch. You'll have plenty of attractive mulch to use around your remaining trees, in your flower and vegetable beds, and on and around garden pathways. However, this may not be an option if the reason for removing the tree is because of extensive damage from insect and fungal pathogens because these may be passed on to other plants, so be sure to ask your tree care service if having the tree chipped for mulch is advisable.
Have Them Cut Up For Firewood
Another way to repurpose trees that need to be removed is to have them cut up for firewood. This will not only save you money if you routinely burn wood for heat, but it will also provide you with a pleasant reminder of your tree as you're enjoying the comfortable warmth it's providing in your home interior.
Have It Made Into Furniture
Large trees can be cut up, planed into lumber, and used to make garden benches, picnic tables, dining room tables, or other wooden furniture items. This way, you'll have a long-lasting memento of your tree. If you don't have carpentry skills, you may be able to find someone in your community who does this type of work.