If your parents have ever told you, "Money does not grow on trees," now you can tell them they were wrong. Trees around your home may be a hazard and need removal, which can be costly. The waste can also be an extra cost if you want it hauled off, but it can be valuable if you know what to do with it. The small waste can be mulched and the timber used to put a little cash back in your pocket. Here are some ways you can turn your tree troubles into rewarding treasures:
1. Turn Your Wood Waste Into Fuel Materials
Today, green energy is popular and many different fuels are used. This includes biomass, the most basic of which is firewood. You can cut your tree waste, split and stack it to sell as firewood. The small branches can also be chipped and stored to be sold as fuel materials. You will get the most for hardwoods, but pine and softwoods can also be sold to people that use industrial or outdoor biomass boilers.
If you do not sell it, you can keep the material for your own use in a fireplace or grill, and reduce your heating costs for the savings. If you have hardwoods, you can store chips in a dry place and sell them as smoking chips.
2. Know About Lumber And Valuable Timber That You May Have
Softwoods and pines may not be the most valuable timber, but if you have good, straight trees, milling them can be worth the effort. Hardwoods are gems in the rough, and they can be a very valuable material once milled. Oaks can be valuable if you make small boards with them, of which red oak may be more valuable than some common species.
If you have walnuts or other rarer trees, this wood is one of the most expensive materials. To mill the lumber, you can use a chainsaw to cut the tree in large slabs. Let the wood dry for several months and it can be milled with smaller equipment, such as a table saw.
3. Turn Tree Waste Into Rustic Furniture
If you do not have the resources to mill lumber, you may want to consider making rustic furniture. You can make all sorts of rustic chairs, tables and benches with logs and branches from old trees. This can be great to sell to lodges, hotels or owners of rustic vacation homes. When you make furniture from tree waste, you may want to clean most of the bark off and apply a coat of sealant to give it a shiny appearance and protect it from the elements.
If you need help turning your tree troubles into cash, contact a tree service like Johnson's Tree Service & Stump Grinding to schedule a removal. These services are often happy to leave you with the timber because it saves them from extra work, and you may even be able to make a little money, while solving your tree problems.