Yes, I’m afraid it’s that time again. Time to start thinking about packing up all of your wonderful holiday decorations and colorful Christmas tree ornaments. And, if you got a real tree this year, you might be wondering what to do with it! Perhaps you have a larger property, so you can toss it in a chipper or chop it up and use it for mulch or firewood. A standard fir tree can yield more than 13 pounds of firewood.
If you have a pond in the backyard, or if you live on a lakefront, throwing in your tree actually is beneficial as it gives shelter and nutrients to the water creatures. Many towns and communities have drop-off locations near bodies of water for this purpose.
If you are having your tree collected by the city – inquire about what exactly happens to the trees when they are removed. Often the trees are just taken to a landfill and dumped with the rest of the unrecycled trash.
There are, especially around larger cities and towns, companies that will come and pick up your tree for a small fee, and will then properly recycled it.