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Recycling your Old Christmas Tree

Recycling your Old Christmas Tree

recycling your old Christmas tree

Most people enjoy a real Christmas tree during the holiday months. They provide a beautiful look as well as a nose pleasing smell for every family home. However, when the bristles get dry and the holidays are over, you might be wondering what to do with the unwanted tree. Try to think of ways that do not involve a landfill. Here are a few suggestions on what to do with your Christmas tree once it no longer has a use:

Mulch It

Remove the bristles from the limbs and use them around plants and gardens as a mulch like substance. They work great to hold water in under the surface during the warmer months of the year. It is a less expensive alternative than putting in a landfill to decompose over time. Plants will grow and thrive best when a good coating of mulch is applied to the top surface. The water content of the soil is greatly enhanced by doing so.

Fish Pond

If you have an outdoor fish pond or an outdoor pond, then cut the smaller limbs away and place them inside of the tank. They make a fantastic hid away that your fish will love to nestle into the crooks and crannies for additional warm and protection from bigger predators. Fish love having a hiding place that makes them feel secure. They will thank you for it by living a long healthy life.

Cut The Trunk Up

Take a small hand saw to slice the trunk into small half inch pieces. They can be used for a variety of things from there. Apply lacquer to the outdoor to make them water proof and you can make drink coasters with them. Or try gluing a small picture to one side and apply a lacquer and a hanger on the back and you can use them as rustic picture frames. They are a very nice outdoor woodsy look that will greatly enhance the home.

Dealing With The Trunk

Don’t forget to cut up the trunk into individual timbers to be used as additional firewood. Just because they are used as decoration in the home, they are still essentially firewood that can effectively and efficiently be burned in the fireplace.

Tree Company

You can also call a tree company that has a wood chipper to be used. Once the Christmas tree has been chipped up it can be used as mulch or still burned in the fireplace. When used as a moisture barrier, it works very well to hold in the moisture and keep the heat out.

There are many great ways to reinvent the Christmas tree for different uses in the home. Take the tips listed above to inspire to think of even more ways that they can be used. Have a little bit of fun with it and find new and inventive ways to make extended use of your Christmas tree that do not involve a landfill.

How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Looking Its Best

How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Looking Its Best

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Christmas is arguably the most festive time of year. Apart from the occasional Grinch, most people love the opportunity to decorate with colorful lights and festive ornaments. The mainstay of any Christmas decorating is, of course, the Christmas tree. One problem with live Christmas trees, however, is that they aren’t fully alive when you purchase them. Like cut flowers, they are actually in a state of dying, and thus, they can lose their color and even their needles long before you are ready to take them down. This article will present several easy to follow tips on how to keep your Christmas tree healthier so that you can enjoy it longer.

Choose your tree carefully

Sometimes, when we wait till the last minute to buy our tree, we get stuck with trees that have been sitting around for some time. These specimens may already be losing their needles, and that makes for a tough job keeping them looking good once you bring them home. Thus, first and foremost, be sure to buy your tree early in the season so that you can get a fresher tree. Caring for a tree soon after it is cut will ensure that it keeps its color for weeks of enjoyment.

Trim the base of the trunk

Once a tree is cut, the base of the trunk begins to harden. While this is meant to protect the tree, it can in fact be a problem. As the base of the trunk hardens it becomes less open to receiving water. By trimming the base of the trunk you expose softer wood that will absorb water better. It is advised to not only trim the trunk when you buy it, but also trim it again when you get home if you have more than a five minute drive. This is because the trunk will start hardening again as soon as it is cut, so for best results, make sure the cut is fresh when you put it into water.

Avoid heat and direct sunlight

This is a bit of a no-brainer. If you want to keep something from drying out, then keep it away from any conditions that will cause it to do so. Heat vents, radiators, or direct sunlight windows are killers for any Christmas trees. Thus, in order to get the longest life from your tree, keep it away from heat and direct sunlight.

Add sugar to the water

A final tip is to add sugar to the water. Just as sugary drinks give you an extra boost of energy, so too will sugar water help your tree. A couple spoonfuls is all that it takes. Some plant companies offer specially made additives to help keep your tree vibrant, at little extra cost.


If you stick to the simple tips provided in this article, you will be sure to have a healthy Christmas tree for longer than you might expect. Using all of these tips can allow for up to a full two months before the tree begins to dry out. Hopefully this article will help you have an even happier Christmas!