Recycling – We Make Mulch
We try our best to be environmental and avoid taking organic matter to the landfill.
So, when doing tree work, we grind as much as we can into wood chips that eventually
become mulch.

Here you can see from the far left, Shredded Composted, Shredded Fresh,
then, more toward the middle is Arborist Fresh and closest to us is
the Composted Arborist Mulch ready for use in the landscape.

In the lower right corner is a mix of stump grindings, sod, and other organics containing
mainly dirt. Once these have decomposed for a few seasons, we recycle them by
filling in holes around the nursery or building berms with the product.

Recycling – Logs into Pallets
What to do with the big logs, the ones that are too big to split and too big to grind?
We recycle them into pallets.  Many manufacturers receive their merchandise by the
pallet so there is always a demand for them.
Here are some logs that are too big to
do anything with...

Here is a load of logs headed out to the pallet factory…………

Recycling – Junk Wood into Fuel for Heat
Waste not, Want not. We don’t even waste our junk wood – the stuff that nobody wants,
like cottonwood, willow, pine, box elder, silver maple, etc. We recycle even these
undesirables into something useful – heat. Yes, we use these inferior quality woods
to heat our buildings and our home!

Recycling – Logs into Lumber & Beyond

Once in a while we come across a log that meets the criteria of a “saw log”.
To be a “saw log” the tree must be over 8 feet long and have a solid core with no visible
defects, crotches or mars on the surface. Often, even logs that fit this description do
not end up being very good saw logs, but you don’t know that until you cut into them.
We have saved up a few nice saw logs and had them sliced up at a local mill. We then
used the rough sawn lumber to replace trailer boards or for beams or timbers in historic
home reconstruction. In anticipation of constructing our a new house, we saved up over
the years enough decent saw logs to mill all the woodwork in our home.
The logs were trucked to Verona, WI,
where they sawed the logs, graded and selected the lumber,
kiln dried it and then custom milled it to our specifications.

The end product was definitely worth waiting for.


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