How can I get rid of all the downed tree branches that
fell in my yard? If you are like me,
then you love the snow and the earlier it falls here in Denver, usually the
better. But when it comes when all the
leaves are still on your tree, it can prove pretty troublesome, especially for
your trees. Luckily, the new, small
trees I planted this spring look like they will survive but the giant,
beautiful oak trees at one of my Denver rental properties didn’t make it out so
I spent the morning clearing a gigantic tangle of oak
branches from 32nd Avenue today so normal traffic patterns could
resume and it would no longer be a one way street. Now that it is cleared from the street, I
have the problem of figuring out what to do with all the branches and logs
littering the yard and sidewalk? I can’t
throw them in the dumpster, it would take about 30 dumpsters to hold all the
debris and I am sure the neighbors wouldn’t like that too much. Plus, I would hate for it to just go to the
landfill, would much rather have it made into mulch or the larger branches used
for firewood. So I have spent the rest
of the afternoon exploring ways to get rid of the branches and thought I would
share in case you are in the same predicament I am. Below are some options I found. I know other cities like Greeley are offering
drop off location so I hope Denver follows.
If you know of others, please share.
Denver trash service. If you live in Denver, you can leave it by
your dumpster for the next trash pickup.
The branches must be bundled and can be no longer than 4 feet long, weigh
no more than 40 pounds and there can be no branches thicker than 4 inches in
diameter. There is no guarantee your
broken branches will be reused as mulch, but definitely the most affordable option
since it just requires a little sweat and twine.
Recycling your branches. If you hate to see your beloved tree branches
go to a landfill somewhere, then recycling your downed branches could be the
answer. There are a number of recycling centers
around the city that will accept your branches and trees, including Rooney Road
Recycling. They charge $5 a cubic yard
and if you have a small amount to get rid of, could be a great option. Click here
for more details.
Tree Service. If you are already tired of messing with it,
then a tree service is the way to go.
On the Denver County Website, there is a list of licensed tree
contractors who you can contact to take care of everything for you. Click here
for the full list.