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Wednesday, December 27


A friendly public service announcement from the Fiveforefun gang...

The holidays are over, and your tree is slowly becoming a fire hazard. Needles are dropping on your carpet, and it's time for the tree to go. Here are some environmentally friendly tips on what to do with your tree after the holidays, from

  • Removing the tree: The best way to avoid a mess removing your tree is to place a plastic tree bag (which are available at hardware stores) underneath the stand when you set the tree up! You can hide it with a tree skirt. Then, when the holidays are done, pull the bag up around the tree, stand and all, and carry it outside. Obviously, you will want to remove the stand before recycling the tree. If some needles do scatter inside, it is better to sweep them up; as needles can clog vacuum cleaners.

  • Mulching programs are a fast-growing trend in communities throughout the nation. Check below on this page or with your local department of public works for information.

  • Soil erosion barriers: Some communities use Christmas trees to make effective sand and soil erosion barriers, especially at beaches and on river beds.

  • Fish feeders: Sunk into private fish ponds trees make excellent refuge and feeding area for fish.

  • Bird feeders: Place the Christmas tree in the garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary. Fresh orange slices or strung popcorn will attract the birds and they can sit in the branches for shelter. (Make sure all decorations, hooks, garland and tinsel strands are removed). Eventually (within a year) the branches will become brittle and you can break the tree apart by hand or chip it in a chipper.

  • Mulch: A Christmas tree is biodegradable; its branches may be removed, chipped, and used as mulch in the garden.

  • Living, rooted trees: Of course, next year, you could get a rooted (ball and burlapped or containerized) tree and then plant it in your yard after Christmas (It's a good idea to pre-dig the hole in the late Fall while the soil is still soft. )NOTE: Living trees have a better survival rate in mild climates

  • Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. Pines, firs and other evergreens have a high Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup.


crallspace said...

I don't know.. I think I am going to haul my tree (by bike) down to a neighbor's house who has their tree out for the Corvallis chipper. My other option is taking it to the woods (by car) or throwing it in the retired radio station yard out back.

Anna said...

Hi Jen, have you ever experienced blogjacking on this blog?

Jen said...

Crallspace: Just as long as it doesn't end up in a landfill... it's all good.

Anna: Not that I am aware of! I try to keep things fairly secure. :) There are some good suggestions online for prevention that are pretty standard, mostly changing your password periodically and being careful when decommissioning your blog or changing providers.

Frankly, I don't think I have actually ever encountered a blogjacked blog!