What you need to know about Tree and Brush Chipping in Edmonton

What to know about Tree and Brush Chipping in Edmonton

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Sometimes, a tree has just got to go. Whether you are talking about pruning a few branches here and there while doing annual tree maintenance, or getting rid of an entire tree, sometimes you have no choice but to get rid of it. It’s important to consider the best way to remove and dispose of it, because let's face it, a tree isn't likely to fit in your city green bin, and you can't always take it to a composting facility. But your local Edmonton arborist can help you do just that. A professional tree removal services can ensure that the tree is safely and efficiently removed, minimizing the risk of damage to the surrounding area.

But once the tree is gone, what then? What do you do with it?

One popular tree disposal method is chipping. Chipping tree waste involves using a wood chipper to break down branches, leaves, and other organic materials into small, manageable pieces.

What is Tree or Brush Chipping?

Tree chipping refers to the process of turning an entire tree in wood chips, while brush chipping refers to the process of turning yard waste, such as pruned branches, into wood chips. Because these wood chips are used for other purposes, chipping is seen as an environmentally-friendly way to dispose of unwanted tree or plant materials.

While anyone can rent a wood chipper and do it themselves if they have ample space, it is recommended that you seek professional help if you want to chip a tree, especially if it’s not removed yet. Our ISA-certified arborists can remove any unwanted trees from your property, and assist you in safely chipping them using specialized equipment. We prioritize safety and efficiency in our tree removal services to ensure minimal impact on your property and surroundings.

Once the tree or the wood materials is safely removed, then you can start chipping them. After ensuring the pieces are small enough to do so, you can begin feeding them through the equipment. At the end of the process, you should have a big pile of wood chips.

What Can You Do With The Wood Chips

Sometimes, you have too much tree waste to fit into your green bin. While taking it directly to the Edmonton Waste Management Centre or a composting facility is one way to dispose of it, you can also recycle your old tree by turning it into wood chips. There are many things you can do with your new wood chips, with some of the new uses including:

  • Mulch: Placing mulch in your garden beds and around your plants will help them retain water and stay warm. The presence of mulch will suppress the growth of weeds in and around garden beds, helping you maintain and care for your garden. Wood chips can also improve soil structure and fertility as they decompose, making them a versatile and sustainable option for landscaping projects.
  • Composting Material: Wood chips contain a lot of carbon, which makes them an excellent source of "brown" material for composting. When mixed with "green" materials like kitchen scraps, they create a balanced compost pile that decomposes efficiently. Adding wood chips to compost also enriches the dirt, making it much more nutritious for the plants.
  • Fuel: While not as environmentally friendly as other options, wood chips act as a great fuel source, especially as a fire starter. Wood chips are readily available and can be used in fireplaces, wood stoves, and outdoor fire pits to quickly ignite larger logs or charcoal. This makes them a convenient and efficient option for starting a fire in various settings.
  • Erosion Control: Wood chips help prevent soil erosion by creating a barrier on the ground to prevent soil loss, especially during heavy showers. This makes them an excellent choice for landscaping and construction sites where erosion control is essential. However, wood chips are only a temporary solution to this issue, and you will need to look into other options for a more long-term fix.
  • Walkways: A wood chip walkway is an efficient solution for leveling the ground and effectively preventing weed growth in the garden. This type of walkway provides a natural and organic look to your outdoor space, blending in well with its surroundings. It is also relatively easy to install and maintain, making it a popular choice for many gardeners.
  • Play Area: Wood chips are a good option for play areas because they cushion falls and provide a safe, non-slip surface, making them ideal for play areas. The natural look of wood chips also blends well with outdoor surroundings, creating a more aesthetically pleasing play area for children and families to enjoy.

Limitations of Chipping

While sending your unwated tree through a wood chipper has a lot of benefits, there are limitations to tree and brush chipping.

Tree or brush chipping is often considered to be an additional service to tree removal. It's important to check with your tree service provider and clarify if tree or brush chipping is included in the removal service or if it's an additional charge. In case you choose to do your own pruning, make sure to organize the branches neatly to avoid any complications during the chipping process and potential extra fees. It is also crucial to understand the requirements for chipping, such as the maximum size and thickness of branches that can be chipped, as well as any specific guidelines provided by your tree service provider. This will help ensure a smooth and efficient chipping process.

Some services may mean that you don't have the option for tree chipping. Stump grinding, for instance, where the tree stump is removed in place, means you may not have the proper material to send through a wood or brush chipper. Some tree trimming services may not leave you with adequate material to send through a wood chipper as well. Make sure you inquire about the tree removal services your Edmonton Arborist provides.

If you are removing dead branches from a diseased tree, or are removing a dying tree or a dead tree that was infected by a disease or fungus, chipping may not be an option for you. Plant diseases and insect infestations can spread from infected plant material, including during travel and processing. Infected plant wood chips can spread disease to other plants and contribute to disease spread in ecosystems. Proper disposal of infected wood chips is crucial to preventing the further spread of plant pathogens. In these cases, our expert arborists will be able to help you dispose of the infected materials safely at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.

An Environmentally Friendly Way To Deal With Yard Waste

Tree or brush chipping is just one of many ways to dispose of your trees or tree waste, and is gaining popularity due to its environmental benefits. Additionally, it is a cost-effective method that allows you to repurpose the chipped materials for various purposes such as mulch, fuel, or ground cover. This process not only minimizes waste but also provides a sustainable alternative for landscaping and gardening needs. Whether you're a homeowner or a professional landscaper, tree or brush chipping can be a valuable and eco-friendly solution for managing your green waste.

Contact our experienced team of arborists today about our tree removal services to find out if wood chipping is right for you.


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October 8, 2023

What a fantastic crew!!! Sarah & Shane came and trimmed my rather large tree. Such a professional, knowledgeable, caring, capable and courteous crew. Very well done from beginning to end.They did a fabulous job!

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October 4, 2023
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September 25, 2023

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September 10, 2023

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August 22, 2023

We had a crew from Trusty Tree Services trim three trees on our property a few weeks ago, sorry for the late review. Couldn't be happier with the whole process. From the estimate to the final clean up, everything went very well. I contacted other companies for estimates, didn't even get a call back. Thanks again Trusty Tree for a great job!

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August 4, 2023

Trusty Tree Services came out and pruned our Amur Cherry tree in Fort Saskatchewan and did a great job. The technicians were knowledgeable and gave me tips on how to better take care of our tree. The technicians were friendly and polite and cleaned up before they left. I would definitely recommend Trusty Tree Service!

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July 25, 2023

Excellent job! I highly recommend this company. I will be calling again this fall! I am very happy.

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July 7, 2023

We had an amazing experience with Trusty Tree. They gave a prompt estimate for some very difficult trees in our campground. They arrived on time and began work immediately. Their expertise shone through as they brought down the trees on point! Friendly, informative, professional and outstanding workmanship. I would recommend them in a heartbeat. Shout out to Colton, Joe and Adrian - great work!

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July 5, 2023

We had Trusty Tree out this year to shape and thin 4 trees and 3 Mugo Pine shrubs. I was impressed with a quick appt for the quote and then quick response for booking. Our trees were pruned earlier in the season as this was the recommended timeframe, and the Mugo Pine shrubs pruned later in the spring after the new growth appeared. I'm pleased with the crew that came out, they were polite, professional and experienced. We are happy with how our trees and shrubs look and feel the price was fair. We would definitely recommend Trusty Tree and will have them back in the future. Thanks for taking extra time with us to talk about proper pruning too!

Mark stime
June 26, 2023

Very professional and courteous crew. Difficult tree to cut down with bucket truck given clearances.

christine Maclean
June 22, 2023

I am a new widow and my yard work is so overwhelming, I called Trusty tree to come over and give me a quote. Because my husband who has slways been in love with taking great care of our home,has passed I am here to do it alone.Trusty tree are the most professional people I dealt with..And they actually had the most professional quote,they took pictures of my Tree to elaborate on what needed to be done,and explained why everything had to be done in a certain way...after 3 other companies coming out I realized that Trusty Trees quote was extremely fair. So when the Trusty Tree crew arrived to prune my beloved tree, they were ready, and really understood the sentimental value of my tree that my late husband and I used to sit under every night. The crew members Joe and Shane collaborated beautifully brought down the required amount of my tree..They had a fantastic chipper on site and they also cleaned up the yard so beautifully after the cutting was done...If anyone reads this review,please understand how much that tree meant to me and my late husband. Joe and Shane gave it a loving and caring trim, and they where not only hard working but very informative of the process,and very just great guys,they included their sense of humor to make the trimming process easier on me. THEY were so compasionate and understanding . I thank them for that..... If you are thinking of pruning your gorgeous beloved tree, Trusty Tree has got be your only choice. THESE GUYS ARE THE BEST!!! My name is Christine and if anyone wants to contact me about what a great job this crew did..please do!!!

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June 22, 2023

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Carla Hanak
May 26, 2023

I highly recommend Trusty Tree Services! From start to finish everything was handled promptly, professionally and courteously! They are very knowledgeable and efficient. I really liked how they explained things. We will definitely have them back for some fall work. Thanks to everyone!

Darryl Edinga
May 23, 2023
Karli Butler
May 19, 2023

We were sad to see our tree go, but it wasn’t well and bigger and bigger branches were breaking off; however our Trusty Tree Arborists did a great job. Thanks to @Sarah and @Michael and thanks for the excellent service Trusty Tree.

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May 17, 2023

Excellent, prompt, efficient and professional service. Team was very pleasant to work with. In and out in no time. Clean worksite. Would definitely recommend.

Linda Lankoff
May 11, 2023

The services provided were both reasonably priced and work done was excellent!

Marylyn Reed
May 5, 2023

Very fast professional and thorough work done on both my experiences with Trusty tree Service. Good cleanups and answered all questions. They made valid suggestions which I appreciated. Thank you.

Stephen Davidson
May 4, 2023

Excellent experience. Very knowledgeable experienced crew. Safety is a priority .Highly recommend . Great Job!

Darci White
May 3, 2023

Very speedy and clean-up was amazing. Thanks guys

Gordon Sandberg
April 28, 2023

Thanks to Mike and the crew for doing a great job on Grenfell Ave St Albert. Very professional service.

Colleen Butler
April 27, 2023

Fantastic! The team did an excellent job pruning and shaping our trees. Thank you

Paul Whattam
April 27, 2023

This was the second time I've used this company for mature tree removal. This time 4 fully grown columnar Aspen trees located close to fencing, a deck and between 2 houses were successfully removed with no damage to the aforementioned structures but also nearby concrete curbing. Work was done as scheduled, quickly and neatly. Very satisfied with the work.

Rob Butler
April 25, 2023

Great service by the guys at Trusty Tree Services. Very professional and knowledgeable. They really knew their stuff about how to properly prune each type of tree in our yard. Our trees look so much better now and will have the opportunity to thrive. Good care for our garden ornaments and great cleanup afterwards.Thank-you

Darvin Mills
April 24, 2023

Mike And Shay trimmed 11 trees in and around our complex this morning and did an amazing job. They were professional and punctual. Arrived on time, very efficient and ensured that all branches were clean up before leaving. Very pleasant to work with and we look forward to working with Trusty Tree Service over the summer and fall.

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April 22, 2023
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April 20, 2023

The gentlemen took down a long dead tree YAY !!!! Professional, honest and did a super job THX !!!!

Shelley Honey
April 18, 2023

Thank you Sarah for all of your help!

Sherry Honey
April 17, 2023

Sarah was very knowledgeable and walked us through the options of our tree removal. The team was friendly and overall a great experience. Would highly recommend Trusty Tree Services.

Paul Cairns
April 13, 2023

I look for three things when it comes to service: 1) friendly attitude, 2) timeliness, and 3) efficiency. The crew were excellent in all three scores. It was great to see a clean truck, maintained gear, and use of personal protective equipment as well. This is a great choice for tree care. Done in less than an hour!!!

Dean Mason
April 12, 2023

Mike’s crew did an amazing job for us - pruned trees & removed every visible black knot fungus. They picked up every twig & left our yard tidy. Very personal & professional crew - would strongly recommend their services ! 👍

Bea & Randall Huisman
April 12, 2023

Sarah and crew were here this morning and did one terrific job of trimming all of our trees. I highly recommend them to everyone needing any tree services done.

April 11, 2023

Sarah and Danny did a great job removing a large tree from the front of my yard. I was impressed with the time efficiency and clean up. I would recommend.

Christina Colenutt
January 19, 2023

When Trevor came to quote my yard at my new house, he helped me identify all the trees and shrubs, and clearly explained what work needed to be done. When the day came to do the work, Kolton and Carl were friendly and also walked me through what they were doing and why (I'm interested in these things and was asking questions). They did their best to save my cherry that is infected with black knot. Looking forward to having them come back to continue tree maintenance in the future.

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September 26, 2022
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Lisan Maclean
September 15, 2021

We had trusty trees! Cut down our tree and put all new grass down in our back yard and it's absolutely beautiful 😊 Also the crew are very friendly and extremely hard workers! Thank again ❣️

Matthew Hudon (Matt SH)
July 6, 2021

Excellent value for the work they provide. Our crew was very professional and cleaned up the area they chipped in, right down to the pavement.

Trevor Small
June 13, 2021

Trusty Tree is great. Had them remove two trees with cleanup and shredding. looks great and would use again!

Jessy Yau
June 8, 2021

We had a tree in our yard that had died a few years earlier and wasn’t sure who to call. We called Sunstar who recommended Trusty Tree to us. Trevor came out to look at our tree. We didn’t realize we had another Tree that was diseased. He sent us a quote very quickly. He was able to book a time for tree removal, stump grinding, as well as planting our new trees. The project was done in the timeline provided. The crews showed up on time or earlier than expected which was amazing! They were very professional. I would hire Trusty Tree again!

Renee Pelech
June 7, 2021
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June 5, 2021

Professional, courteous and reasonable pricing. Keep it local folks!

Rick McBryer
June 4, 2021

Excellent service. Good response time and automatic communication / payment system. Work was done effectively and efficiently.

Jay Lewis
June 4, 2021

Fantastic experience, staff was friendly and prompt. Left our acreage clean and tidy. Defiantly recommend Trusty Tree.

Graham Wyllie
June 3, 2021

They were on time did a great job & would recommend them any time.

David Provost
June 3, 2021
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June 2, 2021

Great service, Always happy to please. The team is great excellent at cleaning up and making everything look great. Highly recommend Trusty Tree.

Roger Crispin
June 2, 2021

Well done. Good service.

Lisa Johnston
June 2, 2021

Trusty tree has been doing work for a condo association for the last few years. They are always reliable, and thorough and easy to deal with.