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After The Tree Surgeon


By AndrewR


Yesterday, I had a tree surgeon working n the garden. My usual one has stopped doing tree work (and is now a “tree consultant”) but one of his previous employees has taken over the business so I was able to use him instead.

With two wet summers behind us, several trees and shrubs had put on a lot of growth so he (and his lad) were here for a few hours cutting back and putting the prunings through a chipper. I asked him to leave me some of the chipped wood to use.

This is the spring garden, mulched for a woodland effect

And the rose garden path has been topped up as well

There was still a little left over so that went under a yew hedge as a weed suppressing mulch.

One word of warning – this fresh material is quite acidic so needs to be used in moderation but I think once every four or five years should be OK

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We had a whole trailer-load left from our tree-surgeon's visit it - it included Juniper needles. Sadly, we couldn't use it due to its acidity, so it had to go in the garden waste bins at the Council tip!
What a waste!

It has been put to good use in your garden, Andrew!

31 Jan, 2009


Great job done Andrew. I agree with your comment about exercising caution when using fresh wood chippings and bark as a mulch as it can alter the chemical content of the soil, and create problems.It also initally contains high levels of Tannins.The same applies to some commercially produced work bark and chippings as it can be difficult to know when it was 'manufactured' and if it has 'matured'. We have avoided using commercially produced wood chip and bark on our garden for the same reason.

31 Jan, 2009


Your garden looks nice and tidy AndrewR.

31 Jan, 2009


looks like they did a great job andrew

31 Jan, 2009


Marguerite - I have a shredder for processing a lot of woody material but it goes on the compost heap for twelve months first
Hollyeves - it's only these two bits that are tidy. Most of the garden gets done in early spring, once the worst of the winter is behind us, but these two parts have a lot of early spring flowers so get done first

31 Jan, 2009


Andrew your garden looks lovely freshly mulched. I have a chipper / shredder too which takes care of my garden refuse. But, like you, I usually compost it after it is shredded. Last summer we did have to take a medium sized Douglas Fir down. All went in the chipper except for the trunk. The freshly processed chippings spent a week piled up and like Marguerite found, they were so hot in the middle they almost burned the skin. I used the fresh chippings to spread under a row of Douglas firs at the bottom of the garden as weed suppressant about 4 or 5" deep. Its worked wonderfully and the trees seem to like their shredded kin.....isn't that rather like cannibalism??? LOL.

1 Feb, 2009


Very effective. I think bark and wood chippings make a very attractive mulch. I can just imagine what it will look like with spring flowers pushing through! Interesting blog.

1 Feb, 2009

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