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5 Ways to Repurpose Your Christmas Tree Garden Sense

As the Holidays march on I sometimes get sentimental about taking down the decorations especially the Christmas tree. After all the ornaments are wrapped and put away and the lights are carefully entwined around an empty wrapping paper tube (great tip huh) we’re left with a bare reminder. We have a cut tree in our living room.
Where do we go from here? Trash. Curbside pick up? If both of those options don’t appeal to you try one of the following suggestions. Earth-friendly disposal can be easy and rewarding. Evergreens are soft wood and easily degrade back into the environment.

Try these alternative disposal methods

  • Backyard Bird Feeders
    Birds can find sanctuary between the branches of your old Christmas tree. You can add nourishment for your feathered friends. String some popcorn through the branches. Fruit is also welcomed. Try placing orange or grapefruit slices on the tree. String cranberries or ad pinecones with peanut butter and rolled in birdseed. Remember to secure your tree from blowing around due to high winds.
  • Mulch
    Pine needles are great for mulching acid loving plants like azaleas, roses and rhododendrons. Sprinkle around the base and let the needles breakdown naturally.
  • Environmental Centers
    Seek out a local Environmental center or trail association that chips retired Christmas trees for trail bedding.
  • Erosion Barriers
    Use branches as soil retainers along areas where water runoff is a problem.
  • Fish Sanctuary
    Branches can provide a safe place for fish to feed in ponds and along streams.
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    1. Great ideas Cindy! I never would have thought of doing this. Thanks for the ideas 🙂

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