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Eight alternatives: what you can do with a Christmas tree to avoid throwing it away

After the Christmas and New Year holidays, you always need to think about what to do with the festive spruce. And not just throw it away, but give it a second life or use it with benefit. Writes about it Money Talks News.

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For years, people threw Christmas trees. But in our more environmentally conscious time, many are looking for green alternatives to simply getting rid of used evergreens. So what can be done with the tree?

1. Recycle it

Instead of discarding the tree, recycle it, thus giving it a new life: this is possible because Christmas trees are biodegradable.

There are services that collect Christmas trees, but even if there is no such service in your area, you can contact the recycling center and deliver the spruce there yourself.

2. Use conifer for firewood

Turning a Christmas tree into firewood means that it can continue to please you after the holiday.

However, experts warn that it is impossible to burn all the wood or its parts in the fireplace and wood-burning stove. A dangerous chemical called creosote can accumulate on trees. Because of it, the fire will burn very strongly, and this will lead to the formation of sparks, which can, among other things, cause a fire.

3. Make a mulch

The branches of your old Christmas tree are a great source of mulch, a useful bedspread for your garden. Use them for this purpose, and you will save yourself a trip to the store - not to mention the money you would spend on buying bags with mulch.

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For this, you do not even need expensive equipment. Simply split the small branches with the most suitable tool you have and distribute the pieces throughout the yard.

When the needles show off from the branches, they will help your soil retain moisture.

4. Make compost

Use an old Christmas tree to fertilize garden soil. The layer of thin branches of the Christmas tree is the best basis for the new compost.

This base will retain a small stream of air at the bottom, and the branches will break over time. Just cut them so that they fit into your compost bin, and then fold them in a layer 4–6 inches (10–15 cm) high. After that, periodically add food waste and other compostable materials (as usual).

5. Turn it into a track edging

Don't you need compost? Not a problem. Cut the tree trunk into discs and use them to decorate flower beds and paths. You can also use small branches as a border.

In addition to the visual interest in your landscape, your yard will smell like Christmas.

6. Use it to protect your perennials

Your old Christmas tree can help save the lives of other plants in your garden.

Just lay the branches on the ground under perennials to protect them from frost.

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Pine branches cut from the Christmas tree create an excellent air mulch for young and perennial plants, because they help to adapt moderately and gradually to temperature changes, provide protection from the winter wind and the sun.

7. Throw branches into the aquarium

Want to create a peaceful living environment for your fish? Place the branches from your old Christmas tree inside the aquarium.

In the wild, many branches fall into ponds and lakes, protecting the fish in the water. You can place smaller branches in the aquarium to give your fish a place to hide and relax. Make sure the branches are completely clean before putting them in the tank.

8. Return the tree to the seller

When none of the above suits you, you can return your tree to the seller. Some large green beauty farms are ready to pick them up after Christmas. Contact the point of sale where you purchased your tree to find out about the services that you can provide.

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