"(Real) Christmas Tree Recycling" by Karen Cline-Tardiff

First Published, 12/23/13

"Here is a little bit about things you can do with your Christmas tree! Do you have anything to add?! Leave your ideas in the comments section." - Karen
LEAVE IT FOR THE BIRDS

If you have room in your yard, drag your Christmas tree to a corner or atop your garden to provide cover for wintering birds and other backyard wildlife. You can make your tree more appealing by leaving bird feeders or stringing it with popped corn. Whether lying on its side or pounded to a stake to stand upright, your tree will weather out the winter just fine in this

MAKE A “RABBITAT”

Drag your tree to a garden bed where it can both decompose a little and provide good cover for more tender plantings. When the weather gets warmer, drag that tree into the woods and use it as the foundation for a “rabbitat” (a pile of brush and branches favored by rabbits). The old boughs and needles also provide excellent mulch if shaken or cut off and left in a garden.fashion

FIRESTARTER – (NOT THE STEPHEN KING STORY)

Saved until summertime, a Christmas tree will dry out and become quite flammable. If you need a fire starter for a fire pit, those tree limbs and trunk are incredibly useful. But never use in an indoor fireplace! Not only is it flammable, but the creosote build-up can create a hazard.

GET CRAFTY!!!

Make a photo holder. Cut the Christmas tree trunk into two-inch discs, then drill a tiny hole in the centers. Next, glue wire photo holders into the holes. For extra pizzazz, decorate them with beads.
Make coasters for you and friends. If your Christmas tree is large enough, you can cut the trunk into ½-inch rounds for coasters. After you’ve cut the trunk into rounds, personalize them with family photos or print out monograms using your favorite font, then add a glaze.

Edge your beds. Cut the trunk into 2-inch discs and set them into the soil to edge flower beds or walkways.

FUTURE GROWTH

Strip small branches and use the remaining twigs to support indoor potted plants or stake leggy seedlings

Pine needles dry quickly and decompose slowly, making them an excellent moisture- and mold-free mulch for ground-covering crops, such as strawberries, to rest on.

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Karen Cline-Tardiff is a wonderful business woman, theater director and local environmental activist! ♥ Thanks for sharing this, Karen!

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Sherrie said…
These are all truly awesome ideas! Thank you so much for sharing this Karen! I ALWAYS prefer a REAL Christmas tree to a fake plastic one. I try and find a sustainable, homegrown tree farm whenever possible....kinda hard to do down here, easier up North....but you just can't beat the SMELL of pine!! Yum!

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