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Monday, January 2, 2012


Christmas has come and gone.  It's time to take down the decorations, including the tree, but don't just throw your natural tree away! Here are some tips on what to do with your tree after the holidays: 

Curbside pick-up for recycling- Most areas will collect trees during their regular pickup schedules 2 weeks following Christmas. Call for an appointment to have a non-profit in your area pick up your tree. Ann Arbor has a program - contact your City website for specifics.

Some Boy Scout Troops offer a pickup service for a small donation (often $5); call your local troop to find out.

Drop-off Recycling:  Take your tree to a drop off recycling center.
Tree Recycling / Mulching programs are a fast-growing trend in communities throughout the nation. A Christmas tree is biodegradable; its branches may be removed, chipped, and used as mulch in the garden.
Bird feeders: Place the Christmas tree in the garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary. Fresh orange slices, strung popcorn or suet will attract the birds and they can sit in the branches for shelter. (Make sure all decorations, hooks, garland and tinsel strands are removed). Eventually the branches will become brittle and you can break the tree apart by hand or chip it in a chipper.
Fish feeders: Sunk into private fish ponds trees make excellent refuge and feeding area for fish. So, use it first for a bird feeder, and when the ice melts -- a fish feeder.

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