Undeck the Halls: Recycling Christmas Trees
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Undeck the Halls: Recycling Christmas Trees

Once Christmas is over, what do you do with your Christmas tree? Sure, trees are biodegradable, but that doesn't mean you should toss them out with the regular trash and have them take up space in a landfill. "Treecycling" -- finding a new use for Christmas trees once the season is over -- is so trendy, even the Rockefeller Center recycles its tree in January. Savvy gardeners come up with creative ways to recycle or reuse Christmas trees. Here are a few ideas from GoGardenGo:

  • Place your tree outdoors and turn it into a bird feeder. Hang treats like peanut butter-filled pinecones, a string of orange slices and cranberries, or suet cakes from its branches to feed the birds. The pine tree branches will also provide cozy shelter for your feathered friends.
  • Cut off branches (leave the needles on) and layer them on the ground in your garden. They'll act as a blanket to protect tender plants.
  • Use the trunk to make an aromatic Yule log for next Christmas. Cut the trunk up into several pieces and store the kindling in a cool, dry place.
  • Save the needles from fir or balsam trees to make aromatic sachets or potpourri.
  • Give the tree to a friend or neighbor who has a wood chipper, and let them use the wood chips as mulch in their garden. It's good gardening karma.

If none of these solutions work for you, take advantage of a tree pickup or drop-off program. Many communities and some charities offer curbside pickup services and then shred the trees into mulch to use in city parks, trails, and gardens.

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