Recycle your tree by chipping and mulching

Trees are organic, every part of them can be recycled and repurposed.. The practice of tree chipping and turning the chip into mulch will continue the life circle of the tree, bringing excellent health benefits to plants still growing in your garden.

​Using a mobile wood chipper, the trees can be chipped on-site. The chipper quickly reduces the branches and trunk into finely ground wood chips that we can leave for you to use as mulch in your garden or we can take it away for others to benefit from. Whole tree chipping is done as we go for safety reasons and helps to minimise the size of the work area and impact on your garden.

This reduces environmental impact as less waste ends up in landfills, therefore, reducing air and water pollution.

There are clear benefits to using wood chips as mulch in your garden;

  • Returns nutrients to the soil

  • Helps to reduce water loss from the soil 

  • Helps moderate soil temperature and improves soil structure 

  • Breaks down to create a great environment for new plants

  • Minimises weed competition

To learn more about how we are raising money to plant trees by recycling tree chips into the homes of Tassie gardeners visit our CHIPS 4 Trees page.

How long should you leave chip before using it as mulch and why?

Fresh wood chips and barks can contain toxins such as tannins that may damage plants that they are applied around. The trick is to age the chips by leaving them in a pile for several months, overtime the toxins will dissipate before they are used in the garden.

Nitrogen drawdown is the technical term for the process of organic materials sapping nutrients from the soil as they continue to break down. Woody mulch materials should never be dug into the soil for this reason. An underlay mulch of manure or some other nutritious organic material such as pea straw will help avoid this problem.

Mulches should always be kept away from the trunk or crown of garden plants to minimize the possibility of collar rot occurring.


We recommend digging around to find out more information that will guide you towards your particular mulch and planting needs for your garden.


  • Donate wood to local landscapers, builders,  woodcarvers, and turners to repurpose into sculptures, carvings, and bases for community areas such as school playgrounds and gardens, and community parks.

  • Donate unwanted wood to our local community to collect for firewood. 

  • Donate wood to local artists.



Logs, stumps, and branches are a perfect habitat for small animals to use as a shelter and food source. If you have some space and would like to attract wildlife into your garden, having a natural area is a good way to encourage them. 

Wood can also be re-purposed to build nesting boxes for birds and mammals in gardens, parks and community areas.