We enjoy a Real Christmas Tree at our house. I have many reasons for loving my live tree chief above them is that I grew up with real trees. Recently I was wondering if having a real tree was best for the environment. I got some good news. It is (source) While is true that the greenest Christmas Tree is the live tree in many parts of the country it just is not feasible to use a live tree because you can not plant them when the ground is covered in snow or frozen.
If you have a Real Tree Christmas tree what to can you do with it once Christmas is over?
Depending on where you live you have multiple options.
Now I understand you may not have these options available to you but many towns and cities do have options for recycling your Christmas trees
- Many cities have Tree Recycling Programs
- Make a Bird Tree
- Use it for a fish habitat in a lake or pond
- If you live near the shore or a lake check to see if the local beaches use Christmas trees for soil erosion prevention.
- Check to see if your city has a Burning of the Greens. Some cities collect the Christmas trees and burn them in a great bonfire, not only is this a safe way to have a bonfire, the local fire department gets some practice.
At our house our has it’s usefulness after Christmas. Since we get a real tree we wait until Gaudette Sunday to put it up. Our tree will stay up until New Years Day, another family tradition. When the tree has been stripped of all its glory it still lives on. We decorate the tree for the birds, making bird seed ornaments, and popcorn garlands. Now the tree can only last so long even outside. By the time the first signs of spring start coming around it is time to take down the birdseed tree. At that point our tree joins a brush pile, benefits of having 5 acres. While in the brush pile it becomes an important part of our little eco system here. The brush pile provides a safe haven for little animals and birds in the winter. The birds that winter over will nest and perch in the brush pile. Now what do you do with a brush pile you ask? Well at some point in time it either gets cut up for kindling or burned in a brush fire. Setting fires in pastures is a time honored practice here in Oklahoma and other parts of the Midwest. Ranchers and before them, local Indian Tribes practiced control periodic burns as a means to to rejuvenate the soil.
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