With the holidays quickly coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your live Christmas tree. Having a live Christmas tree throughout the holiday season is a wonder and festive tradition, but they can be a real pain when it’s time to clean up. Christmas tree disposal doesn’t have to be painful! Here at Environmental Turf Management, we’ve put together a list of the 5 best options for disposing of your Christmas tree after the holidays.
The easiest option for Christmas tree disposal is to recycle it. Natural, live Christmas trees are completely biodegradable and can easily be recycled. Here in Georgia, Christmas trees can be left out on the curb to be collected during the first few weeks of January. Make sure to remove any and all decorations from the tree. Put it into a paper yard trimmings bag and set it outside before your scheduled collection day. You may need to cut the tree into smaller pieces to fit in the bag. Check out this helpful link for more information on when and where you can recycle your Christmas tree.
A beneficial way to dispose of your Christmas tree is by turning it into mulch. Here in Georgia, we have a yearly program every January called “Bring One for the Chipper” throughout the state. This beneficial program, run by the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, allows people to take their Christmas tree to designation locations in their counties to have their Christmas tree recycled. Some of the ways the Christmas trees are recycled include being turned into mulch and being used to create new natural habitats in lakes. Bring One for the Chipper events differ from county to county so check the list below for your local event.
A festive way to recycle this year’s Christmas tree is by turning it into firewood. Once the holiday season is over, take your tree outside and cut it into manageable-sized logs. Allow the logs to thoroughly dry out and then use it in your outdoor fire pit. The logs will release a beautifully fragrant scent as it burns.
Never burn Christmas tree firewood indoors. Spruce, pine, and fir trees produce a chemical called creosote when they are burned. This chemical burns very hot and can build up in the chimney, increasing the threat of a chimney fire.
A fun way to recycle your Christmas tree this year is by using it to create some Christmas tree crafts. All of that wood and pine boughs can be used to make a number of different types of crafts. One popular option is turning your Christmas tree into fun coasters. Cut your tree into 1 – 2 inch slices and apply a coat of polyurethane. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.
Once you’ve taken care of your Christmas tree, it’s time to start taking care of the trees in your yard. Tree and Shrub Care services from Environmental Turf Management can help maintain and boost the health of your ornamentals. Give your trees and shrubs the care they deserve by calling the pros at Environmental Turf Management. If you haven’t finished holiday shopping, we have the best holiday gift for people who love their lawn.
To get started, call us at (770) 466-0234 or request a quote here. For more tips on tree and shrub care, lawn care, weed control, pest control, and more, check out our blog. Stay updated on our current news and deals by following us on Facebook and Twitter.