Christmas Tree Use After Christmas Season
Date: December 28th, 2010
It’s the week after Christmas and your holiday cheer is running thin. The house is littered with wrapping paper and tinsel and you have an eight-foot tall pine tree in your living room. As tempting as it may be, resist the urge to chuck your Christmas tree; the tree hasn’t given its last gifts yet.
Mulch or Kitty Litter from Pine Needles
During the holiday season, loose pine needles can become an enemy to any clean house. However, these loose needles can form very effective mulch. Pine needles dry quickly and decompose slowly, making them excellent moisture - and mold-free mulch for ground covering crops, such as strawberries, to rest on. The ground up needles can also be used as litter for your cat.
Placing your tree in its stand outdoors can create a safe haven for wild birds. Hanging bird feeders, suet cakes, seed wreaths and bells, or peanut butter covered pinecones will attract a multitude of birds.
Use Boughs to Insulate Perennials
Cut off branches and lay them on top of your perennial beds to shield them from snow and reduce frost heaving.
Use the Trunk for Edging
Cut the trunk into 2-inch discs and set them into the soil to edge flowerbeds or walkways.
Cut thin slabs off the trunk, sand them smooth, and apply a thin coat of polyurethane to keep the sap off tables and glassware.
Chip your Tree
Split the cost of a chipper with a few neighbors and you can turn your tree into wood chips. Next spring, spread the chips in your shrub or garden beds to suppress weeds and add nutrients to the soil when they decompose.
Scratching Post for your Favorite Feline
Create a scratching post for hours of endless fun for your cat. Strip the tree of pine needles, remove small branches and cut the larger branches to about six inches long from the trunk. You can leave the tree in the stand or nail it to a wood base, but make sure it won’t topple over easily. Hang ribbons, strings, catnip pouches, or bells on the branches to entice your cat to play.
Pee Post for Dogs
Do you have a dog that can’t resist urinating on your prized garden or flowers? Dogs like to urinate on vertical structures to mark their territory, and to prevent them from doing so in your garden you can create pee posts from your old tree. Cut three posts from your tree and saw them to different heights of three, four and five feet. Next, find a spot in the soil where you can bury the bottoms. Set the posts where dogs tend to damage delicate plants or close to areas you wish they would not mark so much. By encouraging urine to be left at the pee posts where it can be easily washed away, you will be saving acid burns on living plants and smelly markings in areas where you don't want them.
If you have any questions about Christmas trees and their uses before, during or after Christmas season, visit your local CountryMax store or leave a comment below!