CHARLOTTE – If you are someone that still prefers the natural aroma and unmistakable beauty of a real, traditional Christmas tree, below are a few ways to complete the natural circle:
- Pine Needle Sachets
Preserve the scents of Christmas by making fragrant sachets using some of the needles from your tree. This craft is incredibly easy.
2. Tree Trunk Coasters
Create coasters by cutting sections of your Christmas tree trunk. These would make great gifts.
3. Christmas Tree Recycling for the Birds
Once you are finished with your Christmas tree, set it outside where birds can enjoy perching in its fragrant branches (be sure to remove all ornaments and tinsel first). You can hang pine cones smeared with peanut butter for an extra special tree for the birds as well from its branches
4. Christmas Tree Recycling to Insulate Perennials
Cut or saw off branches from the tree and layer them ﬂat over your perennial beds as winter mulch. The branches add an extra layer of protection from ﬂuctuating winter temperatures. Use only local trees, as the greens from other areas can carry pests.
5. Live, Plantable Tree
Typically you can find live, plantable trees at nurseries, tree farms, and Christmas tree yards. Once Christmas is over you can return the tree to the Earth from whence it came.
6. Nourish Your Soil
Chop up the trunk and branches for compost or, at minimum, keep the needles to mix in with your soil. They add to the acidity.