9 Ways To Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Put your Christmas tree to good use after the holidays. Reuse, recycle or repurpose the tree using one of these ideas.

Christmas Ornaments 1.  Get Crafty - Create a "Christmas Memory". Saw off the bottom of the tree into one inch discs. Sand them until smooth, and then turn the discs into country Christmas ornaments for next year. Have the children draw scenes on them; write the dates on them and shellac this year’s Christmas photo on them.
Christmas Tree 2.  Donate your Tree - Check with your township and local charities to donate your tree for other uses. Local organizations may take it for mulching community gardens or firewood for those needing heat. Some coastal cities use the trees to rebuild sand dunes preventing beach erosion.
Bird on limb 3.  Make Something for the Birds - Throw your tree into the woods or a remote area of your yard. Birds will roost in the protection of the tree’s branches or use the twigs to build their nests. You can even decorate your tree a second time with popcorn strings and pinecones covered with peanut butter and bird seed to feed them at the same time.
Garden Border 4.  Border Garden Beds - Strip the branches from the tree, and use the trunk as a border for pathways or garden beds.
Spruce Mulch 5.  Mulch It - Take your tree back to your local garden center, and leave with a bag of organic mulch to place around shrubbery. The mulch insulates the roots and helps perennials survive winter weather.
Firewood stacked 6.  Use as Firewood - Cut the wood into larger pieces for firewood. Softwoods such as pine, burn faster than hardwoods like oak. This means pine is a great wood for hotter, more intense flames. Remove the branches first, and use this wood in outdoor Chimineas® or fire pits. Remember to bring the hot chocolate!
Compost pile 7.  Turn it into Compost - A whole tree may take a long time to break down in a compost pile, but it will still eventually decompose. Chop it into smaller chunks to speed up the process.
Fish 8.  Build a Fish Habitat - Do you have a pond on your property? Submerge the tree into the pond to provide the younger fish coverage from predators such as larger fish and frogs who can’t pass through the tightly woven branches of a pine tree.
Plant a tree 9.  Buy a Rooted Tree - Instead of buying a cut tree with a shelf life, opt for a live, balled tree. Keep it in a large galvanized tub until the ground is thawed in spring and plant it as soon as possible. Make a memory garden using permanent bronze markers indicating the year your tree was planted. Continue to decorate the trees with outside lights for generations to come.

If you’re one of the millions of households who prefers a real evergreen tree during the holiday season, make sure you dispose of it in one of these environmentally-responsible ways.

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