6 Ways to Repurpose Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

The holidays are winding down and despite the desire to keep your beautifully-decorated Christmas tree as a centerpiece in your living room forever, at some point (sob!) it’s gotta go.  But don’t worry, there are many ways you can keep the spirit of your tree alive while putting it to good use in the garden! 

Here are 6 fun ways to transform your tree into a critter-feeding-bird-sheltering-kid-entertaining-garden-mulching thing of wonder this year, adapted from ideas courtesy of our friends at Horticultural Magazine.

Repurposing your Christmas Tree

1. Plan a kids’ craft project and feed wildlife!

Find a spot in the garden to securely prop the tree (or leave it in its stand) and cover it with suet cakes, orange halves, and pine cones smeared with peanut butter and rolled in nuts and dried berries. Here’s how to make a pine cone bird feeder.

2. Provide winter protection for birds and wildlife

Place the tree against a fence or in a hidden corner of the garden to provide a safe resting place for birds.

3. Mulch your tender perennials

Lay cut branches on the soil to help insulate areas planted with bulbs and perennials. Pine boughs make an especially nice covering for roses that have some of their crown exposed. Remove in spring.

4. Make a winter porch pot

Create cool winter container garden displays using tree boughs mixed with other branches such as red twig dogwood, magnolia, and tufts of dried grasses.

5. Create a natural path

Chip the tree to create a woodland path in the garden or fill paths between raised beds.

6. Compost your tree

Chipp your tree and add to your home compost or leave your cut tree curbside for free yard waste pickup through January 31st. You can also bring it to a Seattle Public Utilities Recycling & Disposal Station at no charge through January 31st. See SPU regulations for setting Christmas trees out for curbside pickup.

Now sit back, sip a warm drink, read your seed catalogs, and revel in the fact that 2020 is over! Happy New Year! Here’s to another great year in the garden.

 

The holidays are winding down and despite the desire to keep your
beautifully-decorated Christmas tree as a centerpiece in your living room
forever, at some point (sob!) it’s gotta go. Here are 6 ways to transform
your tree into a
critter-feeding-bird-sheltering-kid-entertaining-garden-mulching thing of
wonder this year.

The holidays are winding down and despite the desire to keep your beautifully-decorated Christmas tree as a centerpiece in your living room forever, at some point (sob!) it’s gotta go.  But don’t worry, there are many ways you can keep the spirit of your tree alive while putting it to good use in the garden! 

Here are 6 fun ways to transform your tree into a critter-feeding-bird-sheltering-kid-entertaining-garden-mulching thing of wonder this year, adapted from ideas courtesy of our friends at Horticultural Magazine.

1. Plan a kids’ craft project and feed wildlife!

Find a spot in the garden to securely prop the tree (or leave it in its stand) and cover it with suet cakes, orange halves, and pine cones smeared with peanut butter and rolled in nuts and dried berries. Here’s how to make a pine cone bird feeder.

2. Provide winter protection for birds and wildlife

Place the tree against a fence or in a hidden corner of the garden to provide a safe resting place for birds.

3. Mulch your tender perennials

Lay cut branches on the soil to help insulate areas planted with bulbs and perennials. Pine boughs make an especially nice covering for roses that have some of their crown exposed. Remove in spring.

4. Make a winter porch pot

Create cool winter container garden displays using tree boughs mixed with other branches such as red twig dogwood, magnolia, and tufts of dried grasses.

5. Create a natural path

Chip the tree to create a woodland path in the garden or fill paths between raised beds.

6. Compost your tree

Chipp your tree and add to your home compost or leave your cut tree curbside for free yard waste pickup through January 31st. You can also bring it to a Seattle Public Utilities Recycling & Disposal Station at no charge through January 31st. See SPU regulations for setting Christmas trees out for curbside pickup.

Now sit back, sip a warm drink, read your seed catalogs, and revel in the fact that 2020 is over! Happy New Year! Here’s to another great year in the garden.

 

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