Recycle Christmas Tree Ideas
There are many eco-friendly recycle Christmas tree ideas. Firstly, don’t let your tree to end up in a landfill. Give it a second life as compost, a barrier for erosion. In addition, food for goats, bird feeders, stream restoration. And many more Christmas tree recycle ideas.
Whatever real tree you choose. Balsam Fir, Spruce, Fraser Fir, Noble Fir, Douglas Fir., all can have more use after Christmas. But with the end of festivities comes the not-so-jolly chore of disrobing and discarding these unwieldy house guests.
Stream Restoration – Fish Habitat
Be sure the Christmas tree is real (not plastic). And free of any materials that may be harmful to fish or the environment. Such as ornaments, tinsel, etc.
Once the tree is free of harmful debris, place it in a stream or pond. Most importantly, this will provide shade and food for fish. In addition, tree will eventually deteriorate. As a result, become once again, a part of the environment.
Our clients drop off their tree here at our Christmas Tree Farm. I will then contact an organization such as The Northwest Steelhead Association. As a result, come and pickup trees. Consequently, place them in a stream or river for Salmon (and other fish) restoration. My favorite use of old Christmas trees!
Beach communities use Christmas Trees for sand erosion. Trees will block blowing sand. Also, help prevent heavy water/sand erosion. They also help restore sand dunes. In addition, Christmas trees and their needles retain sand and vegetation against strong winds. Therefore, providing cover for birds in the winter.
Old Christmas Trees can also be used along stream banks. road ditches, or any other place. In other words, they help slow down water flow and eroding soil.
Bird Feeders Or Resting Place
Birds love to rest and feed on trees. The old Christmas tree can be placed in your yard as a bird feeder or rest place. So, there can be strings of fruit, suet feeders, cones with peanut butter, etc. As a result, watch hundreds come in to feed. What a delight!
Make custom feeders out of different sections or use the whole tree, for example. Further, cut as many two to three feet pieces as you can, place them in different areas of your yard. Insert suets, fruit, or other types of tasty food in between branches. No need to remove needles. After that, the needles will eventually drop off. Therefore, leaving more room for the birds to move around.
Place the old Christmas tree to work in your own yard as mulch or ground cover. Remove the branches and shake off any dead needles. The needles won’t collect mold and they decompose slowly. This works well for a steep bank, muddy walkways, etc.
Check with your city or town government for Christmas tree drop-off areas, which are often set up near recycling centers. In addition, trees are typically sent through a chipper to be used as mulch for parks and green areas. Further, some cities have designated Christmas tree pickup days and times. Subsequently, this removes the burden and mess of transporting it yourself.
Non-Profits, such as Boy Scouts of America, will set up drop-off centers. They take your old tree for a small fee, chip the old Christmas tree. After that, they use it for ground cover in city parks, etc. Nice to help non-profits.
Use your miter saw or hacksaw to cut your Christmas tree trunk into coasters and trivets. Make sure the cuts have dried first so as not to get pitch everywhere. Then sand down the surfaces, stain, and seal them before using. Also use them as edging borders for gardens and walkways.
I am sure there are many more uses for real, used Christmas Trees. Just remember, real trees are vital and America’s only renewable resource.
Real trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil, give life to the world’s wildlife, and much more. They provide us with the materials for tools, shelter, heat, and more.