When pruning bushes/trees in our garden we get a lot of waste branches that (up to now) were just piled up in a gigantic pile. Last year we also discovered wood chip mulch (store bought) for spreading around the berry bushes and reducing weeds while providing nourishment for the bushes.
Now, a garden shredder is the obvious tool that could potentially solve both problems at once - we could shred the waste branches and make our own mulch for the bushes.
I'm researching various shredders now and I've gotten a bit confused about one aspect of them - the size of the chips that comes out. No matter what the make and model, wherever I've managed to get a close-up image of the end results it seems like the pieces are fairly large. Certainly much coarser than the stuff we bought at the store. Often small branches have even made it through unharmed. And this seems to be irrespective of the type (roller/impact) or fuel (electric/gas).
- Are my expectations wrong (small chips require industrial machinery, not backyard tools)?
- Or am I just looking at the wrong shredders?
- Is it possible to get a garden shredder that produces fine chips, and if so what parameters should I look for?