How to use the wood chipper

June 05, 2024

How to use the wood chipper

As fall creeps into the colder season, you may notice dead trees or loose branches around your home. 

When this happens, we encourage you to use a wood chipper to get the best out of your wood by converting the branches into wood chips. 

Treated wood chips improve soil structure, increase water retention, and provide nutrients needed by plants. 

In addition, wood chips can be used as a surface mulch material to reduce water evaporation, inhibit weed growth, and maintain stable soil temperatures. 

Wood chips are also one of the ideal raw materials for making compost. 

It can be mixed with other organic waste materials such as food scraps, lawn clippings and plant clippings in an integrated composting system to speed up the compost decomposition process.

How to use the wood chipper

1. Feed appropriately sized pieces and debris into the chipper, as feeding larger branches and other materials may increase the risk of damage to the machine and injury.

2. Before feeding each branch into the chipper, carefully check to make sure it does not contain any foreign objects that could damage the equipment. The machine may be damaged during discharge.

3. Use a long branch or pole to feed carefully after pushing in the wood, keeping your hands away from the cutter knives. 

4. Wear clothes that fit and protective gear, including safety glasses and earplugs.