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2 comments | Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Recycling Christmas Trees | Christmas Tree Disposal Tips

Christmas has come and gone and many folks are trying to make room for their New Year events. In doing so you may want to dispose of your Christmas tree quickly. Instead of placing your Christmas tree out on the curb for disposal, there are a few ways you can use the tree around your home. Making mulch out of your Christmas tree is the first thing that comes to mind. If you have a chipper/shredder, or maybe your neighbor can let you borrow their chipper/shredder, you can make a fine mulch for your garden plants with your Christmas tree. If that won't work for you, you can still recycle the tree in other ways. Placing the tree upright in a protected spot will give birds a place to seek shelter through the rest of the winter. Several pieces of rope can be used to secure the Christmas tree to a neighboring tree or T-post to prevent the wind from blowing it over. If you have a forested area, you can just pitch the tree out into the woods and let mother nature take care of the rest of the work. Some local governments offer Christmas tree recycling programs for their citizens so you may want to keep an eye out in your local newspaper for such a program. Most of these programs shred and make mulch from the Christmas trees and then offer the mulch back to the citizens for a small fee. This is usually by the truckload. You can also use branches from your Christmas tree to make a wreath that you can hang on your fence or gate for the rest of the winter. If you're the creative type, you're sure to come up with a few more ways to recycle your Christmas tree.

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Blogger Marc said...

There are a couple of counties where I live that take your used Christmas tree for you and use it in a very unusual manner. They want trees to sink to the bottom of ponds and lakes in their parks. They say that the fish population is increasing because they use the "sunken trees" as shelter and for spawning. Sounds strange to me, but any way to keep the trees out of the landfill is a good thing, right?

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Blogger Gardening Tips said...

I always find good fishing around trees that have fallen in the water. I'd have to agree that they make good shelter for smaller fish. Any way of reusing what we are given is a good thing. I prefer using old Christmas trees tied up for the birds as our Christmas trees are usually larger than our "pond" :)

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