Don’t just trash your used evergreen. Here’s how to give it a life that extends well beyond the holidays.
As January beckons and the festive season draws to a close, children across the land will soon be removing the angel atop their tree, and parcelling up the decorations for next year. One by one, our much-beloved Christmas trees will be left out in the cold to await their fate.
But the end of Christmas doesn’t have to be the end of life for your living Christmas tree. If you had a real Christmas tree this year you can extend its life and use beyond the home. Here are some ways to responsibly recycle your Christmas tree for other purposes.
If you would like to burn your recycled Christmas tree as firewood, it is probably not a good idea to do so right after you take it down and cut it up. The wood is still wet and can pose a fire hazard. It’s not good with an inside fireplace, but try it in an outdoor fire pit.
Chipping old Christmas trees into mulch is perhaps the most popular way to reuse them. The mulch is excellent for use around shrubs and trees, where it preserves soil moisture and moderates temperature.
If you love to hear the sounds of birds chirping in the morning, make a bird sanctuary with your Christmas tree. Use bird feeders to attract critters to feed and nest in the tree branches.
TOSS IT INTO YOUR FISH TANK#
Want to create a peaceful habitat for your fish? Place branches from your old Christmas tree inside their tank. Make sure the branches are fully clean before you put them in the tank.
ASH YOUR GARDEN
After a bonfire, you can use the ashes to make your garden more fertile. Wood ash has lime and potassium among other essential nutrients that help plants to thrive.
Simply remove all the branches from a Christmas tree and use its trunk to line pathways. You can add the smaller branches to your mulch pile.
The needles of a Christmas tree are amazing home fresheners. If your tree is still green after Christmas. Store or wrap the tree or strips in a paper bag sachet.
The trunk of a real Christmas tree can make beautiful wood coasters. Generally, they are beautiful and attractive and they protect your table from water and spill damages.
The boughs are excellent in protecting your bed garden plants from harsh weather elements including spring thaws and winter freezes.
Christmas trees are naturally beautiful. Whether you choose to buy an artificial or a real Christmas tree, each comes with its own benefits. An artificial Christmas tree is safer if you want to keep your house in the holiday mood for long. Real ones, on the other hand, can live a little bit longer if you take good care of it.
If you want to upcycle or recycle your Christmas tree after the holidays, there are plenty of options. A dead or dying tree provides lots of wood for making all sorts of creative and practical things from the wood slices, branches, and twigs.