Whats the cheapest / easiest way to dispose of tree branches?

I have a huge pile of branches thats been piling up for a long time in my back yard. I want to get rid of them, but there are too many to cut down and bag up, and I don’t know how esle to get rid of them. I could get a dumpster dropped off at my house, but that would be too expensive, and I don’t want to just throw them in the woods somewhere because I live in the city. Help!

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  • Check with your city to see if they have a curbside wood recycling program. Many cities do — how it works; the branches must be cut into 4 foot bundles, tied out, and set out for pickup. This is usually free BUT does take time.

    Another option is to rent a chipper – the rates range from $45-75 for a two hour rental, but its a super easy way to get rid of the wood and end up with a bunch of mulch for your vegetable garden.

    If the branches are reasonably thick (1″-2″ thick or more), you could list them on freecycle.com in the hopes that someone may want them for kindling. I’ve used freecycle to get rid of old broken down fences, rock piles, and dirt. Who knows? Someone might want the wood.

    If freecycle doesn’t work, then the cheapest and easiest is to have a buddy with a pickup truck help you load up the branches in his truck, and then drive you out to a place that accepts wood waste for recycling.

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    You can make Spirit Pins out of beads and safety pins. Just use the small safety pins and add a couple small beads with the school colors. Clip the pin onto a piece of paper that has your slogan on it. You can also laminate a one or two line slogan and attach it to the pin. Then the students can wear the pins with the school colors anytime. To bead safety pins, put the beads on the pin. Close the pin and with a pair of pliers, gently pull the loop apart at the back end and slip the beads around the loop until they are on the top of the safety pin. Pinch the loop back together. You can start a Spirit Tree. If you can obtain a portion of a school wall or bulletin board, build a tree trunk. Use brown tissue paper and roll it and scrunch it into the shape of a tree trunk with branches. Let the tissue paper be 3D and not flat on the wall. If you can’t use a wall, make a free standing tree and move it around. Hand out leaves (either dye cut or hand cut) with your slogan. Ask them to write something good about the school, or root for their favorite sport or just ask them to Join in the Spirit Tree with their first name. Hang the leaves from the tree. You could leave a folder attached to the wall (or tree whatever the case may be) with leaves so that anyone can grab a leaf and leave their message. You can either staple or tape them to the tree. You can hand out paper bags to make a big noise at the spirit assembly. Put your slogan on the bags, hand out the bags to kids as they enter the gym. Lead them in a rousing school song and end it with a bang-where everyone gets to pop their bag in time with the song (if possible). You could make it a competition from one side of the room to the other…who can be the loudest! Make sure you have recycle bins at the doors when the students leave so they can dispose the bags properly. Hope this stirs up some ideas for you. Have fun on Spirit Day!

  • Start throwing bonfire parties once a week. There is always a piro in the group that will keep throwing wood in all night long. I live in a heavily wooded area and last summer i had a branch fall that was so big it took me half a day to cut it down to reasonably sized pieces. I have more than enough firewood so i put an ad on craigslist. Someone with a big pickup truck came and took it for free that same day.

  • CHEAP and easy way would be the rent a wood chipper and feed the branches through it and use or give away the wood chips as mulch on garden bed..

    Next best option is to look up where you live for a tree lopping firm who have a chipper to chip up the branches they could come and chip them up in no time and the charge would be cheaper that getting a huge heap of branches picked up and dropped of at a recycling Centre as well as paying the fee there as well..

  • My suggestion:

    Call your town hall and see if they have a site where you can dispose of them.

    Many towns have a disposal place for residence to dump their yard waste. The highway dept. will mulch it up. That would be the cheapest/easiest way to get rid of it.

    You might have to bundle. tie, and transport the branches to the site in your town/area.

    Or rent a wood chipper, and use the wood chips in your garden or yard.

  • Get some nice used lawn/patio furniture off craigslist. Buy a metal chiminea at Lowe’s: Not the flat bowl type but one that actually has a chimney – $129. Borrow or rent a saw, or have someone cut it up in 18-20″ pieces and burn them in the evening when you are home.. Enjoy some patio time.

  • Dig a trench and burn a little every day. Also, you can dig a larger hole and bury the smaller pieces in it. It will decompose over time and improve the soil…it’s a form of composting.

    If that’s not possible and you’re too lazy to chop them down further, you should just call someone to haul it off.

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  • Maybe you can rent a wood chipper. I tried looking at Home Depot online, but you may have better luck just calling them. They sell them, but they are a bit pricey! Wood chips make great mulch. There has to be someplace that will rent one to you.

    Also you might call around to garden supply centers, landscaping, etc. and see if they want them.

    Good luck!

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