Recycling Christmas Trees
For the Birds ~ More Options
|After selecting, decorating and enjoying a
fresh-cut Christmas tree it is time to consider how to recycle the tree
following the holiday season. Many communities have recycling programs
— some offering curbside pickup — and will convert the tree
Another possibility, for those on or near an acreage, is to convert the
tree into fish habitat. Sunk into private fishing ponds or lakes,
Christmas trees make excellent refuge and feeding areas for fish.
Extension wildlife specialists suggest anchoring the tree in a large
coffee can with concrete first. The concrete weights the tree down so
it stands upright. This natural fish attractor will draw bream and bass
and offer a safe haven for young fish. For safety's sake, drop the tree
well away from swimming areas.
your ad here
|For the Birds
Holiday trees may also become a winter bird feeder and shelter. Add
some orange slices, bread and suet to attract birds and brighten up
your winter landscape.
A decomposing Christmas tree will provide valuable food for insects and
worms, as well as a good hiding place for birds and other creatures.
Untidy, perhaps, but the evergreen thicket is a welcome habitat for
little birds like cardinals and white-throated sparrows.
More Recycling Options
Clip off branch tips and needles for sachets and potpourri.
Whittle a walking stick.
Create a coat rack. Cut all the branches off except for a few at the
top, those should be trimmed 3 inches to 4 inches from the trunk.
Build a bottle tree. Cut all the branches about a foot from the trunk
and put empty wine bottles on them.
Craft a longbow.
Make a trellis. Trim the branches off and sink the trunk in the ground
and use it as a trellis for a climbing plant like a morning glory or
Create kindling. Chop up the smaller branches and make kindling for
Christmas tree branches and the trunk can also be chipped and turned
into valuable mulch for landscape and garden plants.
Sources: University of Georgia, College of
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Nordic Elf Skier
Island Pine -Christmas Tree
& Garden Center
Ornaments, Stockings and Decorations