Homestead Gardens – What should I do with my tree after the holidays?

After the holiday season is over, it’s time to start cleaning up from the festivities. For most, that means taking down the Christmas tree. But what are you supposed to do with it once you take it down? Here are a few ways you can reuse and recycle your tree after the holidays are over.

Recycling natural trees. Natural trees are chipped into mulch after they’ve been recycled. First things first, you need to make sure your tree doesn’t have any ornaments, lights or tree bags left on it. If you have a large tree, be sure to cut it into smaller pieces so it can fit into the waste truck. Then all you have to do is leave it on the curb when your collection day rolls around. Only natural trees are collected to recycle into mulch. If you have an artificial tree, keep reading.

Recycling artificial trees. Fake trees are simple to recycle. Simply take the tree down and put it back in the box in which it came. If you don’t want the tree anymore but it’s still in good working order, donate it to a local charity so someone else can enjoy it next year.

Try a less traditional route. Instead of having your tree chipped into mulch, consider a different way to reuse and recycle. If your tree came in a ball of earth with the roots intact, you can plant it! Just be sure to keep the soil moist, and try to plant it outdoors as soon as you can after the holidays. Another option is to put your natural Christmas tree outside without planting it so birds and other wildlife can use it.

For more information about natural Christmas tree recycling in Maryland, visit the Anne Arundel County website.

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