Saving the Earth – Recycling Your Christmas Tree
It takes around 6 to 10 years for a fir tree to grow – and, as we know, the fir tree is one of the most common species that’s used to make your lovely Christmas tree.
Why did we mention this? Well, because we can’t simply throw away something that takes so long to grow, mature, and sustain all of the decorations we manage to put on it. We have to – or at least learn to – properly dispose of it. Or why not, use it with another purpose.
Of course, after some time the needles fall – and you may think that there’s no other use left for the remnants of your Christmas tree. However, instead of letting the trunk rot near a bin or who-knows-where, we should all learn how to keep on using the tree.
Therefore, in today’s article, we’ll show you some of the ways through which you can recycle your Christmas tree – and, thus, save the planet bit by bit.
The Tree Lives On
If you happen to buy a Christmas tree that has its roots still intact, then you can return life into it after the holidays are over.
All you have to do is to gently remove the tree with the earth ball that’s in the container it came with – and put it in a bucket full of potting soil, sawdust, or any other mulch. During Christmas, you’ll have to keep the soil always moist.
However, as soon as Christmas ends, you should immediately take your tree outside and plant it in the location of your choice. Who knows – maybe next year you’ll have a decorated tree outside of your house as well?
It’s important to remember that your entire Christmas tree can be used as mulch for other plants. You can completely recycle your Christmas tree by yourself – or you can check if your local community has a program that deals with such things.
Most communities have established programs that deal with the recycling of the Christmas tree. After this, the trees are turned into mulch and are used on garden plants or in the community’s parks.
After all, it’s better to use a dead plant to feed other plants rather than just throw it away.
Of course, you’ve probably already thought at this. You can just saw the trunk into logs and use them to fuel your fireplace. This will extend the Christmas warmth, so to say. However, remember to not burn the tree’s branches, as they usually send out sparks which can start a fire.
The Birth of an Artist
If you feel like burning a Christmas tree is a cruel thing to do, then you can always bring to life the artist in you. It is well known that the trunk and the branches of a Christmas tree behave pretty well when woodworkers do their magic on them.
Therefore, you can take some time and carve a sweet message for your loved one on a part of the trunk, or you can step it up and sculpt a Christmas reindeer.
You could also use the trunk to make birdhouses, paperweights, and even candlesticks. The sky is the limit!
If you have found an even more inventive way of recycling your Christmas tree, then please do let us know via our contact us page.