Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree
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Nothing beats a real Christmas tree, and whether your tastes run to wild and wacky decorative ideas, or your ornaments hold a host of precious memories, according to the National Christmas Tree Association, a real tree is the environmentally-friendly choice.
Doug Hundley of the NCTA explains why: “Real trees are not a liability to the environment—they’re actually beneficial. They’re not harvested out of the forests but grown as an agricultural crop on plantations.” And real trees can also be reused or recycled, giving the environment a double benefit.
There are many ways to recycle your tree once you’re done with it. Most areas have a curb recycling scheme, or you can take it to a drop-off center yourself—just remove the tinsel, lights, and decorations before you go!.
But if you’d like to branch out with your Christmas tree recycling ideas, here are 10 imaginative alternatives.
Make garden mulch
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One live tree creates five pounds of mulch. Spread round your shrubs and plants, mulch retains water, suppresses weeds and promotes stronger growth. Your landscaper could tell you that—and here are 18 more things your landscaper wish you knew about your yard. You can make your own mulch by buying or hiring a shredder, but why not make it into an event and hold a mulching party with your friends and neighbors? Everyone brings their tree, (and a shredder if they have one) and you can make an occasion of it. Or take your tree to an event like the New York City Mulchfest.