The presents are opened, the guests are gone, the cookies are eaten, and the tree is bare. What now?
Every year, more than 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States, and 93% of these are recycled in community programs, or in family gardens or backyards. Here’s what you can do with your tree after the baubles are boxed and the lights are in storage once more.
Ideas for Using Your Christmas Tree After the Holiday Season
Be careful not to allow your tree to become too dry before your cart it out. If the needles break rather than bend, you may be in danger of a house fire.
Don’t use loose tinsel on your tree. Use garland instead. Loose tinsel is hard to remove and it can clog chippers when the tree is being shredded. Animals can choke on it also.
Buy a live tree and add it to your yard in the early spring.
You may want to save some of the needles to make an aromatic potpourri.
Check with neighbors and find out who might like your tree for mulch.
If you have a pond, cut off branches and throw in to give fish places to hide.
Use branches to make wreathes and centerpieces for the rest of the winter.
Use the trunk to make bird feeders or tabletop coasters.
Make a brush pile somewhere on your property for birds and small animals to live in.
Turn Your Tree into Mulch at These Recyclers in Springfield and Clark County, Ohio
11000 Huntington Rd
Clark County Recycling Center
1602 W. Main St., Springfield
Open 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-noon, first Saturday of the month
Mad River Topsoil
5625 Old Lower Valley Pike, Springfield, 882-6115
Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m-noon Saturday
C & S Tree Service
2551 Dayton Rd, Springfield, 323-4273
Open 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday
Residents of Springfield Township only:
1516 S Bird Rd., Springfield 322-3459
Open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily
Happy New Year!