One of the main objections to real Christmas trees is that they are thrown away after the first use. Some people who want a real tree choose to buy a living one and plant it later. However, this will not work for everyone.
Here are 6 ways you can recycle your Christmas trees once you are ready to take them down.
1. Find Your Local Recycling Center
2. Make Your Own Mulch
3. Provide a Bird Habitat
If you have the room in your backyard, Christmas trees make excellent bird habitats. Remove all of the decorations. Make sure there is no tinsel or flocking.
You will need to secure the tree by using the stand or stakes and twine. Provide the birds with food by making pine cone bird feeders, using suet holders, and hanging strings of popcorn or fresh fruit.
4. Create a Fish Habitat
If you have a pond, you can place cut-up pieces of your Christmas tree on the bottom to create places for fish to hide. You can also call your state's Department of Natural Resources to see if they need trees for this purpose.
Remove all decorations. It is especially important that the tree is free of tinsel, and has not been flocked or treated in any other way.
5. Help Stop Shoreline Erosion
Christmas trees can be used to help reduce erosion on shorelines of oceans, lakes or rivers. The branches and trunk provide barriers that help lessen the amount of sand washed away by the water. They can also help rebuild areas, especially after hurricanes, by collecting sand deposits.
Check with your state's Department of Natural Resources to see if they have a need for your Christmas trees.