Christmas trees are certainly the life of the Christmas spirit, right? However, they are often a liability once the Holiday season comes to an end when it doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. There are a number of ways in which you can dispose of your Christmas tree. Here are some ways:
Use a Plastic Tree Bag
The first thing that you’ll need to do while disposing of your Christmas tree is to ensure that you don’t make a mess. Why? Well, if you wish to have a mess to clean up once the job is done then be my guest! One of the greatest ways in which you can ensure that you’re able to remove the Christmas tree without creating a mess is by using a plastic tree bag. Place the plastic tree bag underneath the stand, while setting the tree up. The presence of the bag can be hidden, easily, with a tree skirt. Remembering to place a plastic tree bag while setting the tree up will ensure that you’re able to remove it easily by pulling up the bag around the tree.
If you want, you can even consider leaving your Christmas tree on the curbside, as a measure for disposing of it. But won’t it be wrong to leave you Christmas trees on the curbs? No, it won’t be because most areas will offer a scheduled pick up of these Christmas trees, off the curbside, in the first two weeks or so that follow Christmas. After picking the Christmas trees off the curbside, they are turned into mulch which you might collect for yourself if you have a need. Be advised though that there are strict regulations for size and removal of ornaments, which need to be fulfilled before your Christmas trees can be picked up.
Tree Mulching Programs
Mulching Christmas trees is a fast-growing trend in various communities of the world. Why? Well, it’s because it allows you to benefit from the Christmas tree even after the Christmas season is over. There are a number of tree mulching programs available in different states that chip and shred the trees for your needs. The mulch then can be, easily, utilized in your gardens for a variety of uses.
However, when it comes to recycling your Christmas tree, there are a number of things that you’ll need to take care of before your tree is ready to be recycled. Your haulier will, generally, notify you of the pick-up dates, in your area, so it’s necessary that you take care of all of the needs beforehand.
Dumping It Off
If none of the above options sounds feasible to you, then you may consider, literally, dumping your Christmas tree into your green waste container. Before you’re ready to dump your tree into the green waste container, however, there are a number of pre-requisites that you’ll need to take care of. First of all, you’ll need to remove all of the ornaments, tinsels and decorations from your Christmas tree.
In fact, all non-organic decorative material needs to be removed, so this includes the tree stand as well. Next, you’ll need to cut your Christmas tree into pieces that are small enough to fit into the green waste container. Every haulier has got a different set of requirements for you to fulfil, so you’ll need to ensure that you dispose of your Christmas tree in accordance with the requirements of the haulier in YOUR locality.
Soil Erosion Barriers
Simply put, soil erosion is the wearing of topsoil. Topsoil, for those who might not know, is the top layer of soil, which is known to be the most fertile and organic. The wearing of the topsoil means that the quality of the soil is reduced and the land, thus, becomes less fertile. Some communities, such as Louisiana, make use of the Christmas trees for the purpose of making soil erosion barriers. These soil erosion barriers reduce soil erosion, which in turn ensures that the fertility of the land is not affected. This is one of the most wonderful uses of Christmas trees, especially in such areas where the soil is known to be very fertile.
Enough talk about recycling your Christmas tree. Have you considered using it after the Christmas season is over? Well, if you didn’t already know, Christmas trees can be used as a bird feeder or sanctuary for birds in your backyard. Once the Christmas season is over, remove all of the ornaments and garlands from your Christmas tree and place the tree outside so that the birds and other critters might be able to use it as a shelter. Or better yet, place a few strung popcorn and fresh orange slices so that the tree might be able to attract the birds. Sometimes, these critters don’t know what’s best for them!
There are a number of things that you can do with your Christmas tree once Christmas is gone. What you decide to do, however, depends upon YOUR needs and preferences!