After you have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season, recycling your Christmas tree is a great way to continue the spirit of giving. There are actually many methods available for recycling Christmas trees. By utilizing any of these methods you will be helping to support the environment.
To help keep your tree from going to a landfill most municipalities will schedule a curbside pickup to come and pick up old Christmas trees. They will turn them into wood chips, mulch or compost. Typically in the spring you will be able to go to the municipal site and use this free compost or mulch for your garden.
Some counties and towns will shred the trees and then use the shredded material for walking and hiking paths. The renewable green natural material works great for both the needs of hikers as well as the environment.
Another common method used for recycling your Christmas tree is to place it outside so it will be able to provide shelter for the wild birds. If you already have a bird feeder in your yard you can place it near your feeder. You can also string popcorn or fresh orange slices and put them on the tree branches.
This not only helps to create a safe sanctuary for the birds throughout the cold weather, but also provides food for them as well. Just be sure the you have removed all the decorations such as tinsel strands and hooks to prevent any potential hazard for the birds.
If you have sensitive plants that are susceptible to win burn you can cut the branches of the tree off of the trunk and use them as a blanket to place over the plants. This also works well in protecting early spring perennials from being hit by potential frost.
If there are ponds in your area and you have received permission, you can sink your tree into the pond. Old trees that are placed into deep water can become thriving habitats for aquatic insects and fish. The tree can create a feeding area for the fish as well as a breeding area.
Some communities will use to trees to help create soil and sand erosion barriers. Especially at the shoreline of a river or lake the trees can help the stabilization of sand and soil.
Recycling your Christmas tree by turning it into a trellis is another creative idea. If you are a gardener, using the tree as a trellis for your vine plants in the spring such as peas and beans works really well.
There are many methods available for recycling your Christmas tree and choosing any one of them will not only help support the environment but also keep our landfills free from being overrun with too many Christmas trees.
Michael Farquarson is a keen blogger who contributes to many environmental and green blogs such as The Green Forums reguarly.