In 2013, the Environmental News Network released stats that determined 30 million of the 50 million Christmas trees used that year would go straight to the landfills. This is a shame that is easily avoided because so many resources are out there for us.
Start asking around your community now. Some neighborhoods have Boy Scouts of America chapters and waste management that will recycle your tree for you. If you don’t live in one of those communities, don’t worry, you still have plenty of options.
If you have a garden of perennials just waiting to bloom next spring, use those branches from the old Christmas tree to insulate them. The Colorado winters can be harsh on gardens and one way to reduce the effects of frost and snow are by placing used branches over the spot where they lie dormant. Another possibility is to use the trunk for mulch. Even if you don’t have a wood chipper, there are plenty of landscaping companies that would love your donation.
If you’re feeling up for a DIY project, you can use your Christmas tree trunk as a decorative garden border or walkway liner. Cut the tree trunk in to 2-inch disks and place them halfway in to the soil. This will be easiest if you dig half an inch deep around the area you wish to place the border. Use a hammer to give the disks stability in the ground.
If you are using an artificial tree this year and you don’t want to keep it for next year, give it to a family in need. Gone for Good is more than happy to help with this. For more information on what to do with your live or artificial Christmas trees this year contact Gone for Good at (303) 736-2387.