What to do with your Christmas tree at the end of the year

Christmas trees add to the spice of the yuletide celebration. But unfortunately, it is a seasonal event.

You could have your Christmas tree up from 1st to 31st of December. So, after the festivity, what do you do with your Christmas tree? Here are six exciting ideas to make that Christmas tree useful afterward.


What Date Should You Take Down Your Christmas Tree?

Based on Christian norms, January 6 marks the end of the festive season. And it is known as the Epiphany. Another name for Epiphany is Theophany or 'Three Kings Day. It was the date when the Three Wise Men (Magi) came to see baby Jesus. Also, it commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist. 

Based on mythology, Epiphany also occurs on the Twelfth Night after Christmas. So, on January 6, some people believe the trees must come down at exactly midnight. It could mean misfortune to leave the tree beyond that time. 


6 Exciting Ideas for Your Christmas Trees After Christmas Ends

So, do you hold or reject the Twelfth Night belief? So, what do you do with Christmas trees at the end? Well, here is how you can recycle your Christmas Trees after use. 


Give it to Wildlife or Park Districts Authority

Wildlife and parks in the US collect used/unsold Christmas trees for recycling as fish habitats. The authorities use the trees to create a reef by throwing them into lakes. But that is after removing the ornaments or decorations.

It serves as nest grounds for smaller fishes to hide. Alges also find it much fun to have their chambers. The growth of algae creates a circle of life for the ecosystem. Aquatic bugs eat algae, little fish eats aquatic bugs, and larger fishes eat smaller ones. 

Peter Alexander introduced the collection of unsold Christmas trees in the 1990s. They created 100-foot reefs to cover the barren lakes. East Bay Regional Park District has however stopped needing Christmas trees.


However, US Army Corps and Lake Havasu, Arizona authority receive thousands of unsold trees. They could serve as erosion control.


Use the Boughs for Bird Sanctuary

If you have bird feeders, you can fill them up and allow them hang from the bough. But remember to place the tree outdoors and on a stand. It gives shelter to small mammals and birds. Try placing a pine cone in peanut butter and see how excited you will make the birds.


Chop into Mulch

Chipping your Christmas trees into mulch makes them useful around shrubs. It protects the shrub roots from harsh weather. Also, the decomposed mulch serves as nutrients to the soil.

Mulch is excellent for landscaping and for covering the pathways. There's no way to ignore the fresh pine scent of the mulch in your garden.

Municipalities and parks use the mulch to provide ground cover for government offices and parks.


To Fuel Power Plants

After chipping Christmas trees, you can use them to fuel power plants. Burning the chopped trees will keep the plant running.

Chopped Christmas trees make excellent fireplaces. You can use small branches to ignite fire faster for an outdoor fire pit.


Correct Soil pH Level

Does your soil have high alkaline? Well, you can use the Christmas tree's needle to balance the pH levels. The needles have high-degree of acidic properties. 

So, all you need is to extract the tree's needles on your garden bed. Once the needle decomposes, the acidic content will help balance the soil's alkaline.


Create Borders around your Garden

You can chop the Christmas tree's trunk into discs of about 2 inches. Next, pierce part of the disc into the edge of your walkways or garden paths. They can also go around the flower beds to protect the soil from shifting.


Now, you can see your Christmas trees still have some uses. So, do you have other ideas on when to take Christmas tree down? Please, leave a comment below.

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