Yescomusa: 5 Creative and Fun Ways to Reuse Your Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree Recycling
Christmas trees are a traditional staple in every American home during the holiday season. Though some families decide to use artificial trees, other households prefer to use live trees. The piney fresh scent of living trees is invigorating; however, many can only be used for a short period of time before they die and need to be thrown out. Instead of tossing out your wasted tree Yescomusa has come up with a few ideas that will help you creatively reuse your Christmas tree!
Roast Chestnuts on an Open Fire
Whether you’re warming your home with a fireplace or enjoying an outside bonfire, a chopped up Christmas tree makes excellent firewood! Simply remove all of your Christmas tree ornaments, wires, and lights, then cut your tree into smaller portions. Remove the tree branches and use them for kindling your flame in the living room or outside the fire pit!
Use the sticky shedding pine needles as mulch for your garden! Thin
branches can be added to your compost’s brown layer to help give nutrition to your plants. For the larger wood blocks, use a wood chipper to create wood chips to line pathways to suppress weed growth.
Natural Fish Homes
In the winter, most places get cold, and that includes lakes, rivers, and streams. In this human-made water-banks, it is easy for fish to die from freezing. Natural blocks of wood provide fish with warm spaces to hide from larger fish and predators. Pine tree branches are organic, so you don’t have to worry about littering or causing environmental damage.
If you are a cat owner, then you understand just how much cats love Christmas trees! So after your holiday is over, why not gift your furry best friends with something you know they will love? Simply remove excess branches and leave the more extensive, sturdier stems as ledges. Attach extra branches to your tree as a ladder so that your cats and reach the top of your tree.
Suet the is hardened saturated fat of beef or mutton usually found in the loins or kidneys. Suet is often used in many traditional British recipes such as puddings and pastries but can be fed to other animals as well. The fatty food helps insulate heat for birds and other small animals.
Remove the branches to your tree and drill out the center of the trunk. Add suet, birdseed, and other treats! Then, enjoy the bird watching!
If you just want to get rid of your tree then recycling is the perfect way to do it. To do it safely, contact your municipal waste agency and learn which citywide truck, if any, will pick up curbside trees. If your city does not have curbside pick up, take your tree to the nearest recycling lot. There are some charities that collect trees after Christmas and take them to the recycling facility. You may be able to take your tree to the local hardware store.
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- Marc Mendoza