Time to throw away your Christmas tree? Here are some unique ideas


Christmas is over and it’s time to take the decorations apart and get rid of the tree, but you don’t just have to throw it in the trash.

For “real tree” enthusiasts, getting rid of the tree after the holidays is an annual tradition. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people who think that throwing the tree in the garbage is their only option.

I understand that throwing the tree in the garbage might seem like the easiest option, but I’m not a fan. It just doesn’t feel right to me that something that just a few days ago was the center of every Christmas vacation was sitting with the trash.

If you are going to be throwing your tree out with the garbage, be sure to check that your city has a tree mulching plan. Some cities will use a wood chipper to make mulch that will be used in city landscaping.

What are the other options for getting rid of my Christmas tree?

There are actually a few creative ways to get rid of your old Christmas tree that actually help other people and animals.

Start by calling your local zoo and see if they would like the tree. If the zoo has goats, they’ll probably be happy to get rid of them. Goats love to eat pine needles, especially after drying them.

If you don’t have a zoo near you, see if there’s a farm where goats live. It’s a great way to get the tree out of your house and get it into the stomach of an animal that loves them.

Put your old Christmas tree for the birds

This is one of the most popular methods of getting rid of your old Christmas tree because you can still enjoy it after the season.

The idea is to put the tree somewhere in your garden and sprinkle some birdseed on and around the tree. I’ve even seen people cover some bare branches with peanut butter and then cover them with birdseed.

This way the birds can eat and use the tree for shelter until spring, when they can make a permanent nest. I love this idea, but you’re still going to have to take care of what’s left of the tree in the spring.

What do you think of a tree costume?

I don’t even know how anyone would get by, but I found the image below and had to include it as an option.

I think the best option for any true tree enthusiast is to work on using the same tree every year.

I had no idea this was a thing until recently, but an increasing number of people are keeping a root system on their tree and replanting it every year so that they can continue to use the same tree. I LOVE this idea!

If you’re planning on making the transition to a real tree next year, check out some of the tips below on how to keep it alive and looking great all season long.

Michiganders takes a look at how to keep a real tree alive this Christmas

So you made the decision to treat yourself to a real Christmas tree this year? Congratulations, all you have to do now is follow these tips to keep it alive.

Here are 10 tested tips from Michiganders for keeping your Christmas tree looking great all season long.


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