If you’re stuck on what to do with your old Christmas Tree, here’s some great uses for it, as well as options for disposing it.
After several weeks of enjoying the holiday season with your real Christmas Tree, your tree is probably showing signs that the party is over. It’s time to say goodbye to your tree, and figuring out what to do with it can be a real pain. Of course, there are a few disposal options to choose from if you want to abruptly get rid of it. But, if you’re anything like me, something doesn’t feel right about giving up on it just yet. Instead, consider squeezing out added value by repurposing it.
Repurpose Old Christmas Tree
1.Use Needles to Make Potpourri and Other Crafts
Those fragrant pine needles are perfect for making potpourri. Simply collect the needles, let them dry, and mix them with dried flowers, citrus peels, and essential oils for a natural, aromatic blend. Here’s a great tutorial on making Christmas Tree Potpourri.
2. Make a Christmas Tree Bird Feeder
Turn your tree into a haven for birds. Place your old tree in your yard and decorate it with a variety of decorations using different food sources that birds love. This is a great way to add additional value to your Christmas tree.
Check out this great video for some ideas on Turning Your Tree into a Bird Feeder. Of course, you don’t have to be as elaborate as this video, so feel free to bring your own creativity depending on how much time you want to put into the project. Here’s a simple idea below. It’s just pieces of apple through toothpicks:
3. Make Stakes for Houseplants Out of Branches
Trim smaller to medium sized branches to use as stakes for indoor plants. They offer natural support while adding an organic aesthetic to your indoor greenery.
4. Cut Up Tree for Outdoor Firewood Pit
Cut the tree up using a bow saw, and use it as firewood for your outdoor fire pit. Ensure it’s completely dry to prevent excessive smoke or potential hazards.
5. Cut Up Tree for Compost Pile
Cut the Christmas Tree into smaller pieces and add it to your compost pile. It will decompose over time, enriching your compost with nutrients for healthier soil. If you’re worried that the pine needles will make your soil more acidic, don’t worry, that is actually a myth. While yes, pine needles are acidic, by the time they get neutralized by microbes in the soil they do nothing to decrease soil pH.
Where to Dispose of an Old Christmas Tree
1. Check Local Municipality for Disposal Rules
Many municipalities offer tree recycling programs. Check your local government’s guidelines for curbside pick-up or drop-off locations for tree disposal, or use this awesome directory at Earth911 to lookup your nearest drop off location.
2. Donate to Animal Farm or Wildlife Sanctuary
Some local animal farms may accept Christmas trees as food or bedding for their animals. Goats, Sheep, and even Chickens will benefit from old Christmas Trees, so check them out first. Do some simple google searches or call around your local area to see if any nearby farms are accepting old Christmas Trees.
3. Donate to Garden Centers for Mulch
Garden centers sometimes collect Christmas trees to create mulch or wood chips. This mulch is used for landscaping projects or sold to gardeners for soil enrichment.
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