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8 Ways To Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Natural Christmas trees are still a popular holiday choice for many. However, it’s seems like a rather sad way to end a happy holiday with leaving your Christmas tree at the curb and ready for the garbage truck pickup to just put in a landfill. However, there are many ways to allow your Christmas tree to live on. Here’s a list of 8 ways to recycle your Christmas tree and let it live on.

1. Landscaping

Get creative and use your Christmas tree for some landscaping. Just remove the branches from the tree and use its trunk to line pathways. Even use the mulch from your Christmas tree for a surface for the pathways.

2. Fish Friendly Habitat

Did you know that Christmas trees provide protection for small fish? Fish can lay their eggs for about eight years. There are many municipalities that actually create fish-friendly habitats with Christmas trees. Just be sure to ask before you go ahead and dump that tree in a creek or lake.

3. Mulch

Recycle your Christmas tree into mulch. It’s an excellent source to use around trees and shrubs. Mulch preserves soil moisture and releases nutrients into the soil. It can also be used as a natural ground covering for landscaping and garden pathways. Many municipalities haul Christmas trees off at drop-off sites after the holidays. The trees are then put through a chipper, and the mulch is used around government buildings and parks.

4. Erosion Control

Use your old Christmas tree for erosion control. Christmas trees can be used to prevent sand dunes from eroding, retard the movement of saltwater into freshwater along the coast and to protect coastal marshes.

5. Addition to Alkaline Soil

Another creative use for your old Christmas tree is to use it as an amendment to alkaline soil. Just shake off as many needles as you can. Spread the needles around plants, and it will balance the pH of alkaline soils.

6. Fuel for Power Plants

In some areas of the United States, Christmas trees can be used as a fuel source. Once chipped and burned, the leftovers help provide fuel for power plants. It’s a great way to go green.

7. Mulch for Compost

Use the smaller branches of a Christmas tree for a compost pile. Just cut off 6-inch sections with hand pruners and throw the heap into a compost pile.

8. Mini-Bird Sanctuaries

Provide a safe haven for birds and other small mammals by just tossing your Christmas tree out in the backyard. Mother Nature’s creatures will enjoy refuge in its branches. Even feed them by hanging peanut-butter covered pine cones.

Although your natural Christmas tree cannot be stored in a box for usage next holiday season, there are creative ways to put a dead tree to use. Christmas trees are biodegradable and can be recycled or reused for other purposes. So, don’t just throw it in the trash or set it on the curb. If you’re seeking more ideas on what to do with your Christmas tree after the holidays, contact the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA). NCTA represents more than 700 active member farms, 29 state and regional associations, and more than 4,000 affiliated businesses that grow and sell Christmas trees or provide related supplies and services.”

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Kim McBee

Kim McBee epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work and a creative service in every detail of your real estate transaction that makes buying or selling your home an incredible, memorable experience. She uses her 13 years of experience to help you achieve your goals with the least amount of stress possible. Whether a first time buyer or an experienced seller, Kim will bring her spirited energy and real estate knowledge to your next adventure. Kim is a licensed Real Estate Broker in both North and South Carolina and is an active member of the Charlotte Regional Realtors Association as well as the National and Local Home Builders Associations. Kim started her career in real estate in 2002 with Crescent Resources, a large residential, commercial and multi-family developer based in Charlotte, NC. She and partner Gus Testa had the opportunity to work in most of their residential communities in the Charlotte region during their ten (10) year tenure. In 2012, Kim and Gus, along with a local area developer, formed On Point Carolinas Realty, LLC. On Point Carolinas Realty, LLC is a full service real estate company, working with buyers and sellers in both new home construction and re-sale homes. From 2002 – 2012, Kim and Gus sold between $15 - $50 million in volume in the Lake Norman, Charlotte and northern most portions of South Carolina. Now with On Point Carolinas Realty, LLC, they continue to work every aspect of the real estate industry representing sellers, buyers, investors and banks in the residential market. Before entering the real estate industry, Kim took a five year leave of absence from work as a scheduling analyst/cost engineer in the nuclear power industry for Stone & Webster >Engineering and Bechtel Power Corporation to stay home and raise her son.

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