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Yard debris – branches, leaves, grass trimmings, weeds, twigs, downed trees, and tree stumps – is a byproduct of lawn maintenance. Every time, you mow your lawn, trim your trees, clip your hedges, and pull the weeds in your garden, you are generating yard waste. What are the disposal strategies for yard debris? Donating, “grasscycling”, burning, composting, and recycling are your disposal options for yard waste. Contrary to belief, each of these disposal techniques has pros and cons, which will be discussed further in the content provided below.
What Is Yard Debris Removal?
The yard debris removal process is the relocation of lawn waste from one place to another. In this case, the lawn waste is being removed from your property to a disposal facility. While a fairly simple process, yard debris removal can be complicated for someone with no resources.
Yard Waste “Grasscycling”
“Grasscycling” is a term utilized in reference to the recycling of grass trimmings. The primary benefit of grasscycled grass trimmings is nutrients. Grasscycled waste is rich in nutrients. It can be added to soil in gardens and lawns to add nutrients back to the soil. Mix the grasscycled material into the soil and utilize it when transplanting vegetables, flowers, herbs, and fruits.
Grasscycling helps reduce the new yard debris that enters landfills and dumps.
Yard Waste Recycling
Recycling is similar to grasscycling, it repurposes yard debris, so it can be utilized for other purposes. For example, tree branches and twigs can be recycled and utilized for OSB manufacturing and mulch.
Yard Waste Composting
Composting is the process of breaking down organic materials into a fertilizer. The composted substance can be utilized to fertilize sod, grass seeds, garden soil, houseplants, shrubs, trees, and flowers.
Compostable products include coffee, scrap food, tea bags, cardboard, paper, leaves, paper supermarket bags, tree branches & twigs, cotton, straw, natural fabrics, wool, hair, houseplants, and other organic materials. To compost, you will need to dig a hole in a remote area of your property. An alternative to digging a hole is a compost machine. You will find a broad range of compost machine brands at online marketplaces. Each brand is unique with features that simplify and speed up the composting process.
Add your compostable material, followed by water. Stir well and let sit for no longer than three days. On the third day, return to the compost pile. Add water and stir the compostable material for several minutes.
Composting a small- to medium-sized pile of organic materials can take between 4 and 6 weeks to complete. The composted material can be utilized to add nutrients back to your garden and houseplant soils.
Yard Waste Donating
When most people think of donating their preowned items, they do not give much thought to their yard debris. This is truly a shame because some landscape service providers, mulch companies, and OSB manufacturers accept donated yard waste. However, donatable yard waste may be limited to downed trees, twigs, tree stumps, and branches.
If your plan is to donate your yard waste to a mulch or OSB manufacturer, it would be a good idea to divide it into piles. Make a pile for donatable debris, recyclable debris, and grasscycling debris. When you are ready to dispose of your yard waste, it will already be divided into piles. So, there will be no delay or confusing disposal. Collect a pile and transport it to the local recycling center or donation facility with ease.
Yard Waste Burning
Depending on your municipality’s burn regulations, it may be legal for you to burn yard debris. Contact your local waste management service provider, government agency, or Fire Marshall if you have any questions about burn bans.
If there is no ban on burning yard debris in your city, you still need to take the necessary precautions to avoid accidental fires. It is recommended to invest in a steel drum or fire ring, which will help contain the burning yard debris in a small area.
Collect the yard debris and allow it to completely dry out before burning. Wet leaves, branches, and twigs will not catch fire when they are wet. Allowing them time to completely dry will ensure the safest burn, without the need to utilize a lighter fluid.
Separate your dried yard waste into piles before burning. Place one pile into your fire ring, ignite, and closely monitor until the flame burns down. Add another pile of yard debris and follow the same pattern. Continue this process until all the yard debris has been burnt to ashes.
Our Residential Yard Waste Removal
We understand not all our community members have access to the much-needed yard debris removal resources. For example, an elderly homeowner needs to dispose of yard waste but does not have suitable transportation. Large piles of yard debris will need to be hauled away in the bed of a pickup truck or utility trailer.
Another example, a busy business owner who has a large pile of tree branches that were leftover from a thunderstorm. The owner does not have the manpower to load the tree branches into a utility trailer, which he owns.
Every circumstance is unique when it comes to yard waste removal resources. Our company has been helping businesses, government entities, nonprofit organizations, public schools, homeowners, landlords, and tenants dispose of their yard debris. There is no yard waste pile too small or too large for us to handle.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Yard Debris Removal Service?
It depends on the size of the yard debris pile, property location, manpower, the distance between your property and the local recycling center, and if special equipment is required. We base our prices on the customer’s yard waste removal needs.
We will gladly work with you to determine the most cost-efficient removal strategy for your yard waste. Our prices are based on findings of a visual inspection of the yard debris. Call today to learn more about our custom yard waste removal packages.