What to do with a lot of branches in the garden?
Only in the spring and then in the fall in the garden hum garden shears and saws. Nothing out of the ordinary! Here you intensively prune trees and shrubs – rejuvenate, shape, x-ray the crown.
When the job is done, the ornamental plants are back in pristine condition, but the house is a mess. As far as the eye can see, piles of branches are interspersed with shoots.
What can I do with the branches from the garden?
1. use them as compost,
2. Lighter for the chimney for the winter,
3. dispose of according to the rules of waste separation,
4. dry it out and leave it on the fire.
What should not be done with branches from the garden?
1. burn them if they are to be collected separately.
Orchard branches for composting
Freshly cut branches can be successfully composted if they show no signs of developing disease or signs of diseases. This “hard” material is rich in nitrogen, which improves air circulation and thereby loosens the structure of the compost.
Why go to the trouble of working with an axe, since it is much easier, more convenient and faster with a saw?
This is very important, since the “black gold” of gardeners is formed as a result of the active work of aerobic bacteria. That is, microorganisms such as nematodes, earthworms and fungi. Without free access to oxygen, they begin to die and the compost rots.
Break off branches before throwing them into the composter. This allows them to be thoroughly mixed with the rest of the compost. Cut the thicker branches, about 2 cm in diameter, into smaller pieces of about 30 cm.
You have cut down trees around the house with a STIGA saw and now it can be very useful. Once again, it saves you a lot of hard work and reduces the time you have to do it. And that means more free time – for you and your family.
Thin branches cut from bushes up to 4 cm thick are processed by the shredder. How does it work?
STIGA shredders have a large shopping basket to collect the cuttings. You no longer have to shovel them off the lawn. And now it is working, saving you a lot of time in the garden!
The Bio Master 2200, equipped with high-quality double-sided blades, instantly transforms thin shoots into fine pulp.
- Quiet and exhaust-free operation,
- double, double-sided, rotatable knives,
- Plug it in and shred unnecessary branches in your garden.
On the Bio Silent 2500, the cutting system consists of an 8-tooth shaft that can work in both directions – forward and backward.
- Quiet and exhaust-free operation,
- Variable branch thickness adjustment,
- Eight-tine rotor cutter cuts branches up to 40mm in diameter,
- START and STOP buttons are conveniently located on the machine’s panel.
In the situation when you put too much material in the shredder’s feeder, the machine might have problems with smooth shredding and jamming. That’s when the inversion feature comes to the rescue. It makes the cutting roller work in the opposite direction, i.e. instead of sucking in, it throws out parts of the plant that it couldn’t shred thoroughly.
The branches are shredded and the shoots are placed in a capacious basket (in the case of Bio 2200 – 50 liters, in the case of Bio Silent 2500 – 60 liters). This is very convenient because it allows transporting the cuttings.
With the shredder, you will quickly get rid of branches densely covering the lawn after seasonal pruning of trees and shrubs.
This way you get the ingredients for mulch (compost), which comes in handy for nourishing the soil around ornamental plants both in spring and autumn.
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You may ask, why do you need compost for garden compost? The answer!
1 The use of compost in the garden
- Replaces Agrotel as a mulch for substrate for plants in the garden,
- Improves soil structure (loosens, enriches with oxygen), regardless of soil type.
2. Benefits of composting that you may not know about:
- Eliminates the risk of spreading sanitary hazards.
We can’t control everything, but we can and should control our own garden.
There is a risk that, in addition to time, land charts will become a medium for the development of diseases dangerous to humans. Trichinellosis, rabies and rat salmonellosis arise precisely from the decomposition of organic matter under uncontrolled conditions.
- You reduce the amount of waste to dispose of.
They are slower to fill the trash can and less likely to take it out. In other words, the fewer bags of trash removed from your property, the more money left in your wallet.
- You take care of the environment.
You choose the best way to separate mixed waste – biological from inorganic. Which, on the one hand, opens up more opportunities for recycling. On the other hand, you can reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste.
- Action produces.
Compost speeds up the decomposition of organic matter. By choosing compost, you get the best natural fertilizer for your garden, giving back to nature what belongs to it, and in the best possible way.
Compost is not called the “golden garden fertilizer” for nothing. For him, it means that the garden is flooded with a sea of u200bu200b-flowers, the plot – with healthy vegetables, and the orchard – with juicy fruits.
You can find compost, the best organic fertilizer, in your own garden. Bingo!
Branches from the garden as a chimney for a chimney in winter.
Ribbons of small twigs collected in the spring and fall after pruning trees and shrubs around the house can come in handy in the winter to make a chimney pipe.
1. A stout cord about 80 cm long,
3. several thick sticks.
How to prepare the bundle for trampling?
1. Break small twigs into smaller ones, about 30-40 cm long,
2. String them one by one on a string,
3. Between the thin branches, insert a thicker stick from time to time.
4. When most of the threads are full, tie them into a neat bundle.
Store the finished strands under a shed under a roof or in a shed, for example. However, the fastest way to dry them is to tie them up in an enclosed room under the roof – in the attic.
Over time, as the shoots dry out and fall off, they too will fall out. A single, thicker stick is attached to them.
Source: Adobe Stock.
Branches from the garden go in the garbage can.
In Poland, we separate waste, including green waste, including branches. We collect them in gray bags. They are picked up from March through November, once or twice a week, depending on your neighborhood’s trash collection schedule.
More information about sorting and disposal of green waste, e.g. through the PSWP, i.e. the municipal selective waste site, is available from the municipal offices.
Burning in the garden. What do the rules say?
It is forbidden to burn branches in the garden if they are subject to compulsory separate collection. This is stated in the current Waste Act of December 14, 2012 (pages 36-37). Failure to comply with the rules – from 20 to 500 zlotys.
- Article 30.1: It is forbidden to recycle waste, except in installations or devices.
This means that you cannot recycle, including incineration, in a garden or site, but you can compost.
- Art. 10.1.: If incineration in facilities or devices is not possible for safety reasons, the Township Marshal may permit incineration outside the facilities or devices.
- Article 31.7: Harvested plants may be incinerated outside of facilities or devices as long as they do not relate to separate collection.
In other words, in reasonable cases, with the consent of the governor’s marshal, waste not received in the composter may be burned in the garden or on the property. However, consent does not appear if the incineration is subject to separate collection.
He can make fires in personal shares and gardens. Of course, we are talking about missions that are made for recreational purposes, for example, instead of a family vacation in the garden. In this case, too, safety regulations must be observed:
Source: main office of the state fire department.
Branches left over from seasonal pruning are ideal for making a fire in the backyard! However, you need to dry them out properly first. Slightly damp branches or leaves still retain their plant juices. When they burn, they give off a very unpleasant smoke.
This unpleasant smelling “acrid fog” is sure to be an outdoor entertainment for your guests and neighbors alike. In this situation, you have every right to inform the responsible services of your concerns about the amount of harmful smoke in the immediate vicinity.
Ornamental plants – trees, shrubs – need special pruning in the spring and fall. This is one of the reasons why there is an intense cleaning period in the house. It is necessary to remove all branches and tiny shoots that get tangled underfoot.
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Leftovers from the beds: Where do you put the surplus harvest and vegetable patch from the plot?
Every autumn, gardeners are faced with the question of where to put all those leaves, tops, twigs and grass. Compost has long been overflowing, and there is still a lot of plant waste. We say what experienced gardeners and vegetable gardeners produce in such cases.
The tops of beets, carrots and potatoes, stems of zucchinis and pumpkins, weeds, fallen leaves, old, diseased branches and, finally, lazy and only extra apples, plums and overripe vegetables. Let’s figure out where to place everything.
Since burning garbage and making fires has long been forbidden (and there are a number of reasonable explanations for this), we have to look for other ways to clear the plot of everything unnecessary.
Grass, tops and leaves
Compost is necessary on every plot, we have written a lot about it and we advise all gardeners to make room for it. Leaves, grass, weeds, weeds, weeds, hay and straw can be used as mulch and placed under trees and shrubs, on beds and under some kinds of perennials. But it’s important that everything is healthy, with no signs of fungal infections. What has been plucked from the bed can be left directly on it, as by spring everything will be recycled and become part of the bed itself, which has loose and nutritious soil. The grass clippings can be used to fill in the bumps on the plot. If there are bumps, swampy or shady areas that don’t even have grass growing on them, toss the waste there. Rotting plant debris will settle and level out the unevenness, and if there are raised beds on the property, they can also be filled with grass, leaves, tops, and other plant debris.
Excess fruits and vegetables
Yes, this happens too. The harvest of fruits and vegetables is sometimes such that it is impossible to process them. Distributed to relatives, friends, neighbors, colleagues at work, and apples, zucchini, corn and pumpkins remain. In this case, there is no need to throw away the haulm and extra crops for the plot. Many gardeners donate surplus crops to help those in need. Now there are many points of collection of fruits and vegetables: there are collection points in churches, charitable foundations, zoos, etc. Surplus harvest can be taken there, if you know the address in your area. Groups in social networks help a lot. The rest of the crop, which has already gone bad, can simply be buried in seedbeds and covered with a layer of earth. By next year, it will rot and serve as a source of nutrition for newly planted vegetables.
Branches from pruning trees and shrubs
The first and not the cheapest option: consider buying an electric garden shredder, which will shred the branches into fine crumbs, and you can use it on your property as fertilizer. The second is to call an arborist to help you deal with diseased trees and tell you how to continue caring for the trees and shrubs in your yard. The third, less expensive: yourself chop branches and use brushwood for kindling fireplaces and stoves, or (according to the rules) set a fireplace on the site: it must be specially equipped and located away from buildings and trees. The fourth – to stack branches on the site in the form of a separate stack. It can become the basis for an alpine slide, on which you can pour soft plant residues and add a layer of fertile soil. The branches will gradually decompose, and in the spring you can plant groundcover plants on the resulting mound.
Leaves from the lawn and paths can be removed to the garden. Leaves attract humus-loving earthworms and their activity improves soil structure. Leaves (provided they are healthy) can also be used to insulate perennial flowers and shrubs and use them as shelter. Or make humus out of them! To do this, you need to pack the leaves in plastic bags, tamp them down and fill them with water, then tie the bag tightly and make a few punctures. By spring you’ll have humus ready to pour into beds or add to compost.
All healthy leaves can not be collected, as the layer of leaves is an additional protection against frost. By the way, collecting leaves in city parks is not recommended, and is also considered an environmental crime, as it is an excellent fertilizer for the soil.