Recycling Christmas Trees

Every year I'm faced with the same dilemma; what do I do with the Christmas tree and all of that greenery I cut before the holidays?

Well, rather than send it to the landfill with the rest of the garbage, there are actually some things you can do this to benefit the environment. Let's take a look at some of those possibilities.

Grinding up your Christmas tree is a way to benefit your garden. You can use the ground mulch around plants, or you can put it in the compost bin.

Another idea is to take the limbs from the tree and place them over plants to protect them from winter winds. Or, use these limbs to hold mulch in place.

Cut Christmas trees can also benefit wildlife. By leaving your Christmas tree, say, in the backyard, you can provide a protection for birds, a place where they can congregate and feed.

These trees are also great for fish. Just sink them in a lake or pond and they can serve as cover for fish and an inviting place for them to spawn.

You know I don't see any problem with using cut Christmas trees I consider them a renewable resource. When you consider that there are over a million acres of Christmas trees in this country and that each one of those acres produces enough oxygen for 18 people daily and that for every tree cut two to three seedlings are planted you can feel better about using them.

So rather than sending your Christmas tree to the landfill for burial this year why not put it to work in the garden or make a home for wildlife? Either way you'll be helping the environment.