As the days cool and foliage thins out, the fall is a perfect time to do some seasonal yard maintenance. Unfortunately, by the time you remove dead growth from trees, rake leaves and prune bushes, you can wind up with a whole new job on your hands: getting rid of all that waste. After all, your property isn’t going to look much better as long as you’ve got a big heap of dead branches and brush sitting in the middle of your yard. So what’s the easiest way to dispose of that waste, short of having an impromptu bonfire on your front lawn? We have a couple options to consider.
Turn to the Sanitation Department
If you live in an area that has on-street trash pickup, you may just be able to leave your brush by the curb for the truck to grab in the morning. Many trash pickup services have designated brush and bulk days when they’ll accept yard waste that they might not ordinarily. Call your trash pickup service in advance to find out when this day is, and plan your yard work accordingly.
Rent a Wood Chipper
This is a great option if you’ve got a lot of dead branches on your hands. Wood chippers are expensive to purchase, but you should be able to find one at your local tool rental shop for a reasonable rate. You can also choose from different size chippers depending on the size of the branches you’re dealing with. The best part about this option is that it allows you to make mulch for your garden with the leftover wood chips.
Start a Compost Pile
A year from now, all that brush could be nutrient rich fertilizer for your lawn. You can purchase a compost bin from a garden supply store, or build one with a bit of wood and ingenuity. Just pile the organic scraps from your yardwork in the bin and turn it every few weeks to facilitate even decomposition. Composting is a fun, satisfying project that can yield great results for your lawn and garden.
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