Park Board wood chipper turns storm damage into garden mulch

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Residents of Minneapolis who may be missing neighborhood trees lost in the recent storm have a minor dividend as a result.

Patch reports that residents can pick up free wood chips for home landscaping. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board said that Koda Energy, the company processing tree debris for the MPRB, is providing the chips at four locations in the city through Aug. 2.

Since the June 21 storm, the MPRB has hauled away more than 1,000 semi truckloads of boulevard and residential tree debris.

The debris has ash trees intermingled with it. A statement from the Park Board MPRB said that the debris is double chipped to meet the state Agriculture Department standards for preventing the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.

Wood chips will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to Minneapolis residents only.

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