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Posted by Josephine Ayre on Feb 18, 2013 in Chippers

Many keen gardeners have discovered that placing wood chips around the shrubs and flowers in their garden beds is one of the best ways to control weed growth and to retain moisture that is released into the soil periodically. This will all help to keep your garden beds extremely healthy and make your plants long lasting. Use your chipper to make some cost effective wood chippings.

Step 1: Purchase a rent a chipper from a local garden centre or hardware store, making sure that you choose an appropriate size for your needs. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the machine and read the manual.

Step 2: Collect any branches that you wish to turn into wood chips. This could be fallen limbs or problem branches that you have cut from the trees. Pile the wood next to the chipper, ready to go.

Step 3: Turn your chipper on and begin feeding the branches into the hopper, once at a time. Make sure that you don’t feed branches in that are two wide from the machine to handle.

Step 4: Place a wheelbarrow underneath the exit chute of the chipper to collect all of the chips. Once you have finished cutting up your discarded branches, you can spread out the chippings around your garden beds.

When working with a chipper, it is extremely important that you ensure you have taken appropriate safety precautions. This includes wearing safety gear, such as goggles and tight fitting clothing. You should also avoid reaching into the hopper when the machine is turned on, as the blades are sharp enough to cut through flesh with ease.