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Oh, Christmas Tree! December 26, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Life Balance, Nature.

If you bought a “real tree” to decorate for the holidays, don’t just toss it into the trash once you remove the ornaments . . . repurpose it!


Many communities offer programs to collect and recycle trees FREE of charge.  Some towns chip the trees into mulch for parks and paths.  

Others may submerge the trees into ponds and lakes to provide protection and nutrients for fish.   

Check with your local government to see if it offers this eco-friendly service.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. sweetdaysundertheoaks - December 26, 2012

No real tree here. Just my Mom’s ceramic tree twinkling even now as I type. Hope you had a Holly Jolly Christmas and a boat ride! We had a quiet wonderful Christmas. And we had some wonderful homemade noodles and chicken and stuffing and mashed potatoes and special green beans and jellied cranberry and CH made homemade rolls and we had a cherry pie! And a bit of CHOCOLATE thru the day.. 🙂

nrhatch - December 26, 2012

Ho! Ho! Ho! That sounds holly jolly, indeed. Had scones for breakfast, a nice dinner mid-day, lots of FUN presents to open.

Instead of going for a boat ride (since the weather was a bit overcast), we opted to play a new-to-us game, Qwirkle ~ I played great when we weren’t keeping score and terrible when we were. Of course.

2. ryoko861 - December 26, 2012

We use it to stake up our tomato plants in the summer! Just cut off the branches and use the trunk. It’s nice and straight and tall for the vines to be tied to.

nrhatch - December 26, 2012

Thanks, Irene. I’m having a hard time picturing how you stabilize the trunk before tying the vines to it? ❓

Growing up, we bought live Christmas trees and planted them after the holidays . . . some of those trees are mighty tall now. Glad I stopped growing in the 8th grade or I’d be a giant.

3. dearrosie - December 26, 2012

So important to remind people about recycling at this time of excess. ….I’m having trouble writing this… I hope its WP and doesnt mean someone’s taken hold of my computer

nrhatch - December 26, 2012

Sometimes the “comment box” here and elsewhere seems a bit stand-offish. Usually reloading the page sets it right.

Recycling is a great way to offset some of the excess.

dearrosie - December 26, 2012

I cleared my recent history, quit everything on the computer and restarted, and it’s OK now. Whew!

nrhatch - December 26, 2012

Yay! Computers are wonderful . . . when they behave.

4. sufilight - December 26, 2012

I didn’t know we could recycle Christmas trees. Good to know! This year we didn’t get a tree but put Christmas lights all over the house and have a laser cosmos projector in the living room. The planets circling in our ceiling is very pretty too look at and looks real. 😀

nrhatch - December 26, 2012

Your laser cosmos projector sounds FAB, Marie. What a cool idea to illuminate the holidays. 😀

5. seeker - December 26, 2012

Reuse and recycle. Go green. Our city has a machine to grind the trees and use the chips for mulch. Good reminder.

nrhatch - December 26, 2012

Excellent! Great way to put the trees to good use for the community.

6. Andra Watkins - December 26, 2012

We have two real ones, and we always put them out for repurposing.

nrhatch - December 26, 2012

That’s great! Hope you’re enjoying Boxing Day in Canada.

7. Three Well Beings - December 27, 2012

Our city does collect them and I presume they are chipped and “recycled” that way. But I am fascinated to hear that some cities submerge them into ponds for the benefit of the fish! I’ve never heard of that, nor considered it. I like that! 🙂

nrhatch - December 27, 2012

It’s like a “coral reef” nursery . . . perfect for giving baby fishies a place to hide from predators.

8. kateshrewsday - December 27, 2012

Phil burns his in the chimenea. He has always loved to burn things. It usually powers a pot of tea….
Does that count?

nrhatch - December 27, 2012

Of course . . . Phil needs to burn something to power up that pot of tea. From TREE to piping TEA. 💡

9. jannatwrites - December 27, 2012

Our city has a recycling program (as long as the tree isn’t draped in tinsel), I didn’t catch the details, though, because ours is going back in the box this weekend 🙂 I love the smell of a pine tree, but like flowers, I actually get depressed when they die. I know, I’m strange!

nrhatch - December 28, 2012

I tend to agree ~ watching blooms wilther and wilt detracts from the bouquet. When BFF buys flowers, he gets me daisies. They’re my favorite because they last 3-4 weeks before drooping, dropping petals, or fading away.

About the same amount of time that our small artificial tree is out and about for the holidays.

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