Most tree services are looking for new places to get rid of wood chips. If the company is fortunate enough to have a yard to store plant equipment, firewood, and wood chips, they can and sell them at a later date.

This is what they normally do….

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1. Give them to the customer for their gardens.

After removing a customer’s tree, quite often the customer will request the woodchips for their garden. Tree services are happy to oblige as it means one less trip to go and dump the woodchips somewhere else.

Customers who have gardens will find a lot of use for woodchips. They are good at suppressing weed. By adding woodchips in the area, weeds are not able to germinate.

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2. Store them in their yard for later sale

Most tree services do not have a yard to store woodchips. The few that do will sell them on for a profit. In most cases to landscapers directly who need them for their work or private customers.

Since it is not always possible to sell them immediately, they opt to store them and sell whenever demanded by landscapers.

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3. Give them to landscape suppliers free

For the rest of the tree services who do not have a yard for storage, the need to unload them quickly. If their truck is full of chips, they cannot keep working, so they need to dump them.

Most of the time, the supply of woodchips is quite high, so tree services are just happy to unload them free of charge.

Since landscape suppliers deal with selling landscape materials, they will work as a good source of income. They can easily sell the woodchips to their customers who need them for landscaping.

This is a symbiotic relationship as tree services have a quick and easy way to get rid of woodchips and the landscape suppliers or nurseries make 100% profit on the sale of them.

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Can I get wood chips for free?

Yes. There is always a tree service company somewhere willing to get rid of woodchips by offering them for free. The best way to find such deals is by looking online where many companies post the information.

There are also platforms like Get Chip Drop that enable arborists and other people to meet with tree companies that need to give out woodchips. Another way to find free woodchips is by looking for posters and signs from people who want to give them out.

People who have also done tree removal and are left with excess woodchips are willing to give them away.

How do I get rid of excess woodchips?

  1. Place a sign at the front of your house “Free woodchips”
  2. The sign should be just a simple one giving specific details “free woodchips” and within a short time, you will find someone interested.
  3. Sell Gumtree
  4. Freebies on eBay

What is the difference between woodchips and mulch?

Woodchips and mulch are essentially the same thing. Woodchips are created when a tree is fed into a mulching machine. This can be used as mulch in your garden.

Mulch is a term used to describe any organic material used to cover a garden bed for moisture retention.

Other typical types of much are:

  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Pea gravel
  • Hay or straw
  • Pine needles

Woodchips are by far the most popular form of mulch as it works well and looks great.

Its small size nature enables it to fit between even small plants and provide a good mulching effect. The mixture of materials such as leaves and bark also offers additional benefits where some of them are used as nutrients.

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Are woodchips good for soil/gardens?

Yes. Woodchips are known to work very well for gardens and soil since they offer many benefits. Some of them include moisture retention which improves the growth of plants. Another benefit is that they are able to suppress weeds by stopping germination where they are placed.

In addition to that, with time, woodchips decompose and provide organic material that becomes vital in sustaining and boost the state of the soil.

Another thing worth mentioning is the massive boost in curb appeal your home and garden will get by spreading some fresh mulch. It smells and looks great for years.

Ben McInerney
Author: Ben McInerney - Ben is a qualified arborist with 15 plus years of industry experience in Arboriculture. He ran a successful tree service before turning to writing and publishing. Ben is dedicated to providing users with the most accurate up-to-date information on everything trees.