You’re nearly there! Christmas is nearly over and you’ve survived. Everyone’s full up from the delicious treats. Kids are busied away with their gifts and you’ve finally got your feet up. There’s just that one niggling thing that you can’t quite get off your mind. That would be the clean up. No one likes cleaning up after a party and Christmas can feel like a month long party with a month’s worth of clean up. Decorations can be saved and re-used for next year, but what about the tree? Why dispose of the tree when you can recycle it?
If you follow the below tips you can make sure you re-use your Christmas tree properly! Here are some of our favourite things to do with a Christmas tree, post Christmas!
For the garden
Christmas Trees make for an excellent bird feeder and haven! String your tree with a few orange slices, cranberries, or anything bird friendly and place it in a sheltered location. This way you not only re-use the tree but give a little back to nature. The same goes for ponds, sinking a tree into a pond can make a lovely space for all sorts of aquatic life! No space for this? The branches and pine needles make for great mulch!
For the crafty people!
If you have a fireplace, that you use, trim the branches from your tree and saw the trunk into several pieces. Tie these together and store them in a firm bundle in the cellar, or basement. Come next year this will make for a beautiful and aromatic yule fire! Perfect for for getting back into the spirit of things.
Also, if like us, you still can’t get enough of that ‘Christmas scent’, a fir tree’s foliage be used for stuffing a small fragrance pillow. Perfect for those who aren’t quite ready to bid the season farewell and great fun with the kids.
So, you really can’t think of a use for your tree? Then why not see if you can source a friend or neighbour with a wood chipper? They’ll definitely appreciate it. Failing that there are many places that will accept tree donations, or will remove it in a way that works for you and the environment!
Christmas may be coming to an end but it doesn’t mean you’re off the hook in doing a last little bit of good! Recycling your tree properly is a final, little gift, that the world is always happy to receive.