Some uses for your old Christmas tree

Some uses for your old Christmas tree

It’s coming up to that time of the year again when you need to take down the Christmas tree. Throughout the world, piles of trees will have their festive decorations removed and start to make their way out of people’s homes.

Dumping your tree is not the only option however, and there is actually a range of things you can do with your old Christmas tree.

Most of us love that pine smell, in fact, that’s what makes us opt for the real tree in the first place. Well, why not preserve a little bit of that scent all year round? Simply wrap up your tree to remove it from the house without getting needles everywhere and get to work in the garden or other workspace. By cutting off the best branches and twisting them into garlands, you can make lovely decorative features to wrap around candles, or to simply hang up around the place. No need to buy pine scents, just use a bit of the old tree.

If you bought a Christmas tree – roots and all, you can replant it somewhere, perhaps even in your own garden. There’s nothing like a tree to create some protection from the wind, or a fine garden feature.

Mulching is a good option if you can’t replant. Cut the tree up into pieces and create wood chips, which are useful to protect your plants or add to your compost.

If you don’t have the time or resources for any of these options, consider recycling. More and more recycling centres are springing up for Christmas trees, so you find you nearest one, and can give your tree away knowing it will be re-purposed and used again.

Before you drag the tree out of the house, stop for a minute and think. There may be a much better use for it than sitting by the side of the road.

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