The days when you could simply burn yard debris in your backyard or dispose of it in the landfill are passing quickly. Most municipalities forbid these disposal methods these days. Additionally, more and more home gardeners are coming to appreciate the value of yard and garden waste for use as mulch or compost.
A Chipper shredder is ideal for converting leaves, twigs and branches into flowerbed mulch or nutrient-rich fertilizer for your vegetables while avoiding less environmentally-friendly methods of disposal. If you currently compost yard debris and kitchen vegetable waste or have contemplated doing this, then understand that a chipper shredder significantly speeds up the composting process by increasing the surface area of the composting material.
You could, of course, accomplish much of what a chipper shredder does with hand tools such as pruners and knives, but unless your seasonal yard debris volume is very small that is truly time-consuming. Reducing yard debris to a product as small and regular as what can be accomplished with a good chipper shredder is, frankly, nearly impossible.