Christmas Trees Take on A New Life After the Holidays

Christmas trees are more than just the celebration of life during the holidays.  They benefit both plants and animals for a long time afterwards.  Each year more consumers are discovering the recyclable, renewable benefits of real Christmas trees.

Artificial trees are not biodegradable and will remain in landfills for centuries.  Real Christmas trees give back to the environment in a variety of ways:

The trunk and branches can be chipped and used as mulch for gardens, parks and in animal stalls.  The mulch provides a protective barrier for the roots of plants and other vegetation and prevents weeds from growing.  The mulch then decomposes providing nutrients plants need to thrive.

The trees make effective sand and soil erosion barriers, especially at beaches and on river banks.  Sunk into private fish ponds trees make excellent habitat for fish.

Zoos use recycled trees for habitat and as food for some species.

Trees can be used as bird feeders.  Use orange slices, suet and bird seed to attract the birds.  They will come for the food and stay for the shelter.  The trees will add interest to the winter landscape.

Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove.  The sap in the tree can cause a fire and creosote may build up in the chimney.

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