January is upon us and the new year has begun. In this blog we are looking on how you can get rid of your Christmas tree and maybe give a little bit back to you garden design during the process.
Real Christmas trees are becoming more and more popular, they look great and they even smell great. But what are you to do when the Christmas period is over and needles are beginning to cover your carpet? Obviously, a real tree cannot be boxed up and put in the loft ready for next Christmas like artificial trees. In this blog we are looking at alternatives to taking your tree to the dump or shoving it into the bin.
There are over six million trees put up across the Christmas period each year, but only 10% of those are recycled. Most end up at a landfill site, which is a massive waste!
Provide shelter for birds and wildlife
Your tree can be the perfect shelter for birds and wildlife during the rest of the winter months. You can stick the tree in the ground or leave it in it’s stand. Place bird feeders on the branches and you can be sure the birds in your garden will be grateful for the extra place to perch. By placing the tree in your garden, it also means you can enjoy it that little bit longer!
Begin your new compost pile
Using your Christmas tree as the base for your new compost pile is a great way to put it back into your garden design. Trim the tree so you can have a layer of thin branches at the bottom of your pile, they will break down over time. Add your kitchen waste and other compostables to the pile to build up your compost pile.
Burn the trunk
The trunk can be sawed into logs and then transferred to your fireplace for some nice warm fires during the winter months. The branches can send off sparks when burnt, so it is best to stick to the trunk of the tree and leave the branches for the compost.
If you love them smell of a Christmas tree, once you have stripped the tree of decorations then strip the branches of their needles. The needles will retain the pungency in brown paper bags, meaning you can enjoy the smell of a Christmas tree all year round.
It’s hard to be Christmas has already been and gone, but now we can all look forward to the long evening spent in the garden during the summer months!