Christmas Is Over – What To Do With That Tree?

The holidays and you have to get back to “life as normal”, which means packing away all of those Christmas decorations and cleaning up including getting rid of that dried up old Christmas tree. Don’t want to throw your Christmas tree and have it end up in a landfill? The best thing to do is recycle that tree! Many villages offer free recycling services where you can take your tree to be turned into the mulch and they’ll give the mulch back to you so you can use it for compost, or you can just donate the mulch. If you’re unsure about these services contact your city hall for this information.

But, if you’re looking for some more unusual uses for that old tree, here are some suggestions:

  1. Planters – trunks and larger branches of Christmas trees should support large planters or possibly be the base for a compost pile.
  2. Bird feeder – spread small branches with margarine or peanut butter and dip it in bird seed. If you already have a bird feeder it may take a few days for the birds to find this xmastreefeeder so don’t fret!
  3. Winter Season Garden Cover – pine boughs are an excellent, natural garden cover for those cold, harsh winter months.
  4. Wildlife habitat – Even if you live on a small property, place your old Christmas tree at the edge of your yard, which makes a great, small winter wildlife habitat for squirrels, rabbits and birds. Some may even build nests in the tree.
  5. Sachet – if you’re feeling crafty and love that fresh Christmas tree scent all year long make a sachet using the tree’s pine needles. Best places throughout the home for these scented treats are bathrooms and the kitchen.


Happy Holidays!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve added a new post, so I thought I would at least write something short before the end of the year. First, thank you to all who have followed this blog and shared it with others – I am passionate about the environment and nature and enjoying sharing the latest news regarding these subjects. Please feel free to comment and pass along the information. Also, if you have anything you’d like to have addressed, please let me know – comment or send me an email at Please check out my writing and editing freelance Web site (I’m always looking for new clients) at or like my Facebook page at or follow me on Twitter – LaraRJ. I’m hoping to continue expanding my client list and this blog in 2014!

And, don’t forget to have a green holiday season!!! Recycle your Christmas tree and wrapping paper if you can! Don’t use paper plates or plastic silverware if you can avoid it – I understand some of you have huge gatherings and don’t want to wash all of those dishes! Recycle those holiday cards – a collage of the prettiest cards always makes a great memento! If you’re a craft person, find some fun crafts to make out of your leftover holiday material…and, remember leftover food tastes best the next day!


Happy Holidays!


It’s December 26, Now What Do I Do?

Well, the fun and celebration of Christmas is almost over and you have a mess leftover, but you don’t want to throw everything away — you know there are second uses for some of this stuff. What to do?

Well, the first thing is — if you have a live tree — recycle it! There are several ways to recycle your tree:

  1. Find your local recycling center — most villages have recycling Christmas tree services where you can either drop off the tree or someone will pick it up and then they use the tree for a variety of purposes including mulch. If you’re unsure of where to drop your tree off, the best thing to do is call your local village.
  2. Mulch — if you have access to a wood chipper, you can make your own mulch. These wood chips then can be used around plants, in your compost bin or for garden paths.
  3. A Home for the Birds — if you have room in your backyard, needle trees provide a perfect bird habitat — make sure you have removed all of the decorations. The tree will need to be secured with the stand of stakes and twine. You can then provide food for the birds creating pine cone bird feeders using suet holders, and hanging strings of popcorn or fresh fruit.
  4. Wreaths and Garlands — cut off the branches and use them to make winter wreaths and garlands — you can also add scented pine cones to complement the scent of the fresh-cut trees.

What about the other Christmas stuff?

Wrapping paper — shred up the paper and reuse it to stuff bags or boxes, or in boxes when you ship items throughout the year. Or, you can always reuse the paper to wrap delicate items, such as ornaments, when packing away Christmas decorations.

Gift bags — reuse gift bags. I’m a hoarder of gift bags and have been known to reuse and reuse gift bags until I can no longer do so.

Use reusuable containers for leftovers — instead of using disposable containers, bring reusuable containers or send your guests home with leftovers in reusuable containers.

Clean that closet, donate to a local shelter — now that you’ve got new clothes, toys, etc, go through anything you may not need anymore and donate those items to a local shelter — not only are you helping the environment, you’re allowing more people to use these items.

Recycle electronics — just do it! It’s not difficult! Our lovely, electronic gadgets are full of many harmful chemicals so electronics need to be disposed of and recycled properly. Check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site for more information and local drop off locations; Also, your local village should have drop off information too.