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10 Eco-Friendly Ways To Get Rid Of Your Christmas Tree

10 Eco-Friendly Ways To Get Rid Of Your Christmas Tree

Every year, Americans buy 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees to decorate their homes over the holidays, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. But that’s not bad news. Most experts agree that buying a real tree is the more eco-friendly option, because as trees grow, they clean the air and provide habitats for wildlife. Christmas trees are also biodegradable and recyclable, which means that if they are disposed of properly, they can give back to the environment long after the holiday season is over. The key is to make sure that they don’t end up in landfills. Unfortunately, Christmas trees don’t make good firewood because the chemical creosote tends to build up in the wood. This can cause them to burn extremely hot and can send dangerous sparks flying. However, there are lots of other ways that you can get rid of your tree in an eco-friendly way. 1. Re-Plant It. If you bought a Christmas tree with a root ball this year and you have a backyard with room for a new tree, the best thing you can do is replant it as soon as you can after the holiday so that it can continue to grow and provide a home again for backyard wildlife. Many kinds of Christmas trees, such as the Norwegian Spruce and Fraser Fir, are pretty resilient, so they’ll likely recover quickly even if their branches have already started to droop. 2. Turn the Whole Thing into a Bird Feeder. Even if you didn’t buy a tree with roots, you can still use it to help feed backyard birds. Just stick it outside for the winter and string it with popcorn, cranberries, stale bread, dried fruit or even whole sunflower heads. You’ll have chickadees, sparrows, cardinals and other backyard birds eating from there in no time. Plus, the branches will provide some shelter for the birds from the cold weather while they snack. 3. Create a Stump Bird Feeder. Original Article

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