Christmas is over, and as such, so is the lifespan of that once beautiful, aromatic, real Christmas tree you purchased at one of our Moon Valley Nurseries tree lots. Now, you might be thinking that you can just place it on the curb, especially if your city has curbside collection programs, which, let’s face it, is probably the easiest option, or you can consider some of these environmentally friendly ways to recycle your Christmas tree! After all, real trees are biodegradable so that they can be easily re-purposed and recycled for mulch and other purposes.
Real Christmas trees are beautiful, especially the ones available at Moon Valley Nurseries. The aroma, the perky needles, the greenery – these are just some of the things we love about real Christmas trees. After all, real trees aren’t some fake plastic tree imported from China, processed and manufactured with a bunch of synthetic materials that are harmful to our environment. No, real Christmas trees are biodegradable, so they can be easily reused and recycled for mulch and other purposes.
By the time the New Year rolls around, you can tell it’s a good time to recycle that real tree. Once its lifespan has run its course, you’re left with a corpse of a tree that needs to be disposed of before it starts to rot, stink and leave a mess of needles all over your floor. Of course, there are many ways to recycle your Christmas tree, and doing it in an environment-friendly manner is the best option for both you and the environment. Don’t be that person that tosses the old tree into the trash bin leaving an unsightly mess and angering your neighbors. There are plenty of options for recycling your tree and feeling good about your environment-friendly action, all the while taking care of one of your New Year’s Resolutions - doing your part in helping to care for our environment.
Real Christmas trees are biodegradable. Perhaps you or one of your neighbors owns a chipper (or rent one) - this is the best DIY mulching option. Remove the branches and place them in the chipper for fantastic mulch to use in your landscape. Homemade mulch can last up to two years! When you add in the essential micro and macro nutrients and specialized blends that make up our Moon Valley Nurseries fertilizer products, your plants will thrive all year long. Mulch is also great for suppressing weeds!
Create a Bird Feeder
Stick a whole Christmas tree into the ground or leave it in a stand for an excellent backyard bird feeder. The entire family will get a kick out of this natural bird sanctuary. Add popcorn strings, stale bread, cranberries and other assorted goodies and watch as a variety of birds such as Chickadees and Song Sparrows come for the food and hang around for the shelter. Within a year, the branches will become brittle so you can easily break the tree apart by hand and get ready to repeat the process once again.
Bird’s aren’t the only wildlife that benefit from environment-friendly tree recycling – fish can too. Homeowners with private fish ponds can sink a tree into the pond, creating a terrific refuge and feeding area for fish. It’s a good idea to attach a heavy weight to the tree to keep it sunk. Be sure to remove any decorations and the stand! Happy fish, happy planet.
Soil Erosion Barriers
People living in coastal communities and near lakes and rivers can recycle Christmas trees for use as an effective sand and soil erosion barrier. Recycled trees are excellent for shoreline stabilization and managing river delta sedimentation. Christmas trees can also be used to trap soil and organic debris from a gorge where the water is carrying away soil. Simply attach a stake to your tree in the waters path!
You can always get creative with a dead Christmas tree. Woodworking hobbyists can make coasters by cutting thin slabs off the trunk. Sand them down into a smooth finish and apply a thin coat of polyurethane to keep the sap off tables and glassware. We’ve seen tree trunks made into candlesticks and even birdhouses. You can also cut off all the branches and use the trunk to edge a garden. A strategically placed trunk can become a resting spot for birds and other small wildlife.
Curbside Collection Programs
This is probably the easiest option for most and surprisingly environment-friendly. Your city may have a curbside pickup option that will turn your tree into usable mulch for use in city parks, etc. This way you don’t need to lug an old tree around town, burning gas, to take it to the nearest drop-off recycling center. Just be sure to remove any old ornaments, tinsel, lights, stands and check for any size requirements. Find your local hauler. Typically, the providers will collect trees during regular pickup schedules on the two weeks after Christmas. Check with your local city for more information.
In certain areas with tree recycling/mulching programs, they’ll not only recycle the old tree, they’ll turn it into a bag of mulch you can use in your landscape. This mulch can be used to enrich or insulate the soil, helping plants grow better, and creating an attractive landscape cover that can help retain moisture in hedges and around the bases of trees. Use this mulch in combination with Moon Valley Nurseries fertilizer products and watch as your landscape explodes with healthy-looking growth!
Note: Never burn your Christmas tree in an indoor fireplace or wood stove.
Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any projects or questions you may have. Remember to change your watering schedule as we enter the winter and be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries location right here.
The end of the holiday season doesn't mean it has to be the end for your real Christmas tree. Even though real Christmas trees have a limited lifespan in our homes, they are biodegradable and can be recycled and reused in ways that benefit your landscape and garden as mulch and other purposes. Below are some clever ways to put that once majestic tree to use instead of just tossing it in a landfill.
Garden and flower beds love mulch and your Christmas tree can provide that beneficial material in two different ways.
After you’ve picked up your Christmas Tree from Moon Valley Nurseries it’s important to know how to keep your Christmas Tree looking as fresh as possible. These six tips will help keep your Christmas Tree fresh throughout the holiday season.
For additional Christmas tree info, check out the three different tree varieties we carry and learn the tips to picking out a perfect Christmas tree.
Display your tree away from sources of heat
Anything that gives off heat (fireplace, stove, direct sunlight, heaters, heat vents) can speed up the evaporation and moisture loss of the tree.
Put Your Tree in a Stand and Water Immediately
Once your home, place the tree in water as soon as possible. Your tree will be very thirsty and will need plenty of water. As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter.
Just Use Tap Water or Tree Fresh
Basic water or water with professionally developed tree preservative (available at Moon Valley Nurseries Christmas Tree lots) are the best choices to keep trees fresh. Stay away from soda or sugar water (old wives tales for preserving trees) as these clog the pores of the tree and can actually do more harm than good.
Check the water level daily
Trees are thirsty and you do not want to allow the water level to drop below the fresh cut. The fresh cut can seal up if the water level drops below it. If this happens, you will then have to make another fresh cut, which is even harder when the tree is decorated. Your tree will absorb as much as a gallon of water or more in the first 24 hours and one or more quarts a day. A well-watered tree prevents the needles from drying up and falling off. Plus, fresh water maintains the trees fragrance.
Check for sap leakage
Check your tree occasionally for any sap that has leaked from your tree and onto your furniture or floor. Catching any sap leakages now will make them easier to remove.
Always be sure to inspect the lights before you place them on your tree and be sure to turn the lights off when leaving the house or going to bed.
One thing you're assured of at our lots is that you and your family are getting the freshest Christmas Tree in town! Our super fresh trees are expressed shipped within 48 hours of cutting to ensure the highest quality and freshest trees in town for you and your loved ones. Click here to map the nearest tree lot location to you.
- Read: Christmas Tree varieties at Moon Valley Nurseries
We have Houston's freshest trees and the lowest prices guaranteed. Our super fresh trees are expressed shipped within 48 hours of cutting to ensure the highest quality and freshest trees for you and your loved ones. From MASSIVE to large, and from thick to wide, you know you’ll get the World’s Best Christmas Tree at Moon Valley Nurseries.
Below are three varieties of trees we carry at our 4 HUGE Christmas Tree lots in Houston. Find the nearest tree lot to you right here.
*Check our blog out on Wednesday as we'll reveal our tips to finding a perfect Christmas Tree!