Orchard Recycling

Sustainable farming through our removal and mulch spreading services

Orchard recycling experts

Orchard recycling is a smart sustainable farming method as nothing goes to waste post removal. As Africa is a water scarce continent, sustainable or alternative farming methods are sought after by farmers, crop producers or governments. Recent studies abroad have found that the practice of orchard recycling onsite saves water, provides increased crop yields and has a minute carbon footprint in doing so.

The process of recycling orchards means that whole orchards are removed, chipped, or ground up and replaced back into the soil as mulch. This sustainable process is beneficial in more ways than one. Droughts and economic downturns all affect farmers and corporations by pushing up costs and driving down crop yields. Using dimensional wood chips, from orchard removal as mulch, provides much needed relief in terms of irrigation and weed killing costs. The valuable nutrient, bioactivity and water retention abilities of wood chip mulch are priceless.

Orchard recycling

Benefits of orchard recycling?

  • The entire process is done on site by the same contractor
  • Water savings as mulch reduces soil water evaporation
  • Mulch improves root and vegetative growth as it retains nutrients which are released into the soil
  • Suppression of weed germination and/or growth and for cutting costs on herbicides
  • Microbiology is enhanced within the soil
  • Yield improvement due to increased water and nutrition
  • Air pollution is mitigated as unwanted trees or crops are not burnt but rather recycled
  • Mulch is beneficial in reducing soil erosion
  • Cost-effective removal and recycling solution
  • It is good practice to first spread compost and then spread wood chip mulch to protect the compost from direct sunlight

What is the difference between mulch and compost?

Contrary to popular belief, compost and mulch are not the same thing. There are various differences between the two.


  • Compost is organic matter that has been allowed to decompose
  • Mulch is a layer of organic material that is used as a protective cover or layer
  • Compost needs time to decompose whereas mulch does not
  • Compost on its own discourages root and vegetative growth long-term
  • Mulch insulates the soil improving water retention
  • Mulch reduces wind and soil erosion
  • Mulch improves soil quality through nutrient retention as it breaks down over time
  • Mulch works as a blanket for the soil whereas compost is an enhancing additive
  • Mulch keeps soil cool and moist in hot and dry climates

ABC recommends that compost is added to orchards before applying a layer of mulch as this combination has many benefits that mulch alone does not provide. For those who produce their own compost, waste wood chips are an excellent base for this activity. New and established orchards will benefit from mulch spreading which can be bought or rented from ABC. Get in touch with us to discuss your needs.


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    Benefits of wood chips as mulch or groundcover

    • Wood chip mulch effectively reduces soil water evaporation
    • Organic mulch provides for temperature moderation in soil
    • Mulch suppresses weed germination and growth
    • Mulch enhances microbiology in soil
    • Mulch reduces volume of required fertiliser
    • Mulch improves yield and nutrition in fruit production
    • Organic mulch improves root and vegetative growth

    Types of farming our services provide for:

    • Deciduous fruit farming
    • Citrus farming
    • Nut farming
    • Vineyards (table, wine & raisins)*
    • Windbreaks (pine, beefwood, etc.)
    • Eucalyptus trees on farms
    • Floral farms and nurseries
    * Our equipment is specialised enough to remove the trellis wire during the recycling process
    Africa Biomass Company