A while back, we mentioned our backyard makeover and working with a wood chipper. It may not be the most perfect or simplest of green moves, but we're listing our time with the wood chipper on our green scorecard. Why? Because it allowed us to reincorporate dead branches and trees back into our yard while providing our plants with a nice thick (and native!) layer of water-saving mulch. You had some queries about the process and we thought we'd share our experience. See below the jump for our tips...
First off, the size of the shredder depends on what you'll be chipping. We were working with everything from yard scraps to full on tree trunks (albeit skinny ones...). We rented the chipper twice, started with the 6" shredder (too small) and then happily upgraded to the 9" shredder.
When we mentioned that we were renting a chipper, the first comment out of every person's mouth was, "Have you seen Fargo?". And yes, we did had concerns about the safety. What it comes down to is basic safety that you would use for operating any type of power tool. Here are our tips:
We find that the scariest part of work with big machines and tools is not being familiar with the equipment. Take your time and you'll be surprised how comfortable you become.
We rented from United Rentals in Oakland and paid $250 for 24 hours and shared it with our neighbors. It sounds a bit pricey, but it was an incredibly worthwhile investment. We had some problems with the shredder jamming (however tempting, DON'T stick your hands in to investigate!!!). When we complained, we were given an extra day for free. Not bad...
Now we have more mulch than we could ever hope for. We've mulched around our plants, used it to cover pathways and most recently we've been using it to prepare areas for future planting.
Please send us photos and info on how you live green@home. This is not a contest, just a way to build up an AT inspirational database of sorts on how real folks are living greener at home.
Simple, straightforward ideas are welcome, like how you deal with your recycling bin in a small kitchen, and so are ambitious projects - like your amazing green roof. We hope to have a big archive of ideas to inspire us all by the end of the month.
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