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How To: Recycle Your Tree

Now that the holidays are over, your Christmas tree may be dropping needles like crazy. But don’t throw your natural tree away! Take a look at my tips on what to do with your tree after the holidays:

  • Mulch it! Mulching programs are common in communities. Check with your local department of public works for information on mulching your tree, or see if it can be left with your green bin.
  • Stop erosion. See if your community uses Christmas trees as soil erosion barriers. These barriers are particularly effective along beaches and on river beds.
  • It's for the birds! Place the Christmas tree in the garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary. Make your tree extra-irresistible by placing fresh orange slices or strung popcorn in the branches.
  • Garden mulch. Since a Christmas tree is biodegradable, its branches may be removed, chipped, and used as mulch in the garden.


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emalove emalove 9 years
Good ideas! I don't want to get rid of my tree :( We've had it for over a month now and hardly any needles have fallen off. It STILL looks great!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
We always recycle our Christmas trees. It's another step in the cycle of life for the tree!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
You can also boil some of the pine needs, branch and all and it makes your whole place smell amazing!
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