- 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.