Garden Hack: Baling Branches
After my Forsythia pruning adventure, I was left with a giant pile of branches. This is one of the downfalls to owning an urban house and a compact sedan - I'm short on natural ways to get rid of piles like this. Thus, I needed to bale them for trash collection.
How to bale branches in a somewhat organized manner.
Get a big bin and some strong twine. I used my recycling bin and 8 pound sisal twine.
Cut 2 long lengths of twine and lay them across the width of the bin. Tuck the ends of the twine under the bin on side and be sure to leave lots of extra twine for tying the bale up.
Trim the branches with hand pruners to fit in the bin. Keep trimming until you've filled the bin.
Pull each piece of twine tight across the branches in the bin and tie strong knots.
Flip the bale up and wrap the long ends of the twine around a few more times and tie to secure.
Repeat, repeat, repeat, and remember to do the renewal pruning thing every year.