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Leyland cypress: firewood, hugelkultur, driveway border, trash?

 
Elliot Everett
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Hello.

We have a large leyland cypress too close to the house and it has to come down. What should we do with it?

- Burn it. Some say it's okay, others say it is smokey and leaves a resin. Our giant wood stove is homemade (not by us) and is not efficient and leaves lots of creosote buildup as it is.

- Hugelkultur. I am making some hugel mounds on the border of the property and could use it for that. I imagine its allopathic, but so it everything else here (lots of eucalyptus).

- Driveway borders. We are going to put down gravel for a driveway and need something to keep it from spreading out. The eucs are nice and smooth and would be better at this, assuming I can cure them (a local ex forestry worker says leaving them submerged in water for a few weeks makes them impenetrable, but I have my doubts). I guess the leyland would work too, although it wouldn't be as pretty. Is it rot resistant?

- Have the municipality haul it away.

Any thoughts?
 
Tyler Ludens
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I would use it for hugelkultur or have it chipped for mulch.

Don't have it removed, it is a valuable resource.
 
Elliot Everett
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Thanks Tyler. Hugelkultur it is.
 
Devon Olsen
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how about a mix of many things?
if your worried about allelopathy, just mix in some other woods in with the hugelkultur when you make it
border
if any pieces look particularly interestign see if you can find any woodworkers that would be willing to buy it off of you, some people make a LOT of money off a little bit of wood by selling it for the right reason to the right person
mushroom cultivation? im not sure if any edible/medicinal varieties would love it or not, but even non-edible mushrooms can be owrth growing for the looks, biodiversity improvement, breakdown of organic matter, soil building, habitat expansion for insect/animal biodiversity
find a sugar glider dealer/owner - sugar gliders love eucalyptus wood - but google image looks like its not a eucalyptus...
firewood for outdoor fires, if you ever have any anyway
smaller branches for holding mulch on steeper hugelkultur beds
mulch
thats all that came to me right off...
 
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