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What to do with that Holiday Tree?

Once the holidays are over, there are still some good uses for your tree.
Once the holidays are over, there are still some good uses for your tree.
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Well, the holidays are slowing slipping away and you're left with your beautiful holiday tree. Depending on your tradition, some people like to take the tree down right after Christmas, while others wait and leave it up for weeks. There's something warm and soothing about seeing the twinkle of lights and ornaments on your holiday tree on a wiinter's day.

But, sooner or later, you'll be taking the tree down. Unless you have a live Christmas tree that should be planted now in a pre-dug hole, there are a few options for what to do with your cut holiday tree. Check these out!

  1. Mulch It- Many local landfills will take your holiday tree to be mulched into wood chips that are used around plants in spring. You can also gather up your neighbor's trees, rent a chipper and make merry mulch yourself for your own yard.
  2. Protect your Perennials- Cut off the evergreen boughs and drape them over your tender, evergreen perennial flowers such as candytuft. The boughs will collect blowing snow and further insulate your plants.
  3. Create a Bird Shelter- Place your tree near the bird feeders. Birds will haev a place to hide while flying to and from the feeder. Just keep it away from any cats that also may hide in the tree, trying to get your birds.
  4. Create a Bird Feeder- Use your tree as a place to hang pine cones coated in peanut butter with sunflower seeds stuck inside. The birds will love it. You can also hang suet feeders from your tree.

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