Environment -- Recycle Your Live Tree After the Holidays
will you do with your live Christmas tree after the holidays? The
best way to get rid of the tree is to recycle it.
Christmas trees are
not a major landfill problem, but sometimes tree disposal is a
concern for those not knowing the alternatives, says Extension
horticulturist Ken Tilt with the Alabama Cooperative Extension
Mulch from evergreens
adds acid to alkaline soil, says Tilt. Add 2 to 4 inches of mulch
around flowers, fruit trees, raspberries, shrubs and trees.
Many communities have
a recycling program for discarded Christmas trees. Recycle programs
run by municipalities must be cost-efficient and must not disrupt
Many cities chip up
trees and use them for mulch or compost. This technique is most
cost-effective. Other recycling programs include using discarded
trees for erosion control on beaches, as a habitat for fish in ponds
and lakes and as fuel in electrical power generators. They also can
be used as a wildlife habitat in your landscape.
Source: Dr. Ken Tilt, Horticulturist, Alabama
Cooperative Extension System, (334)