Give Back to Nature and Strip That Christmas Tree

Reblogger Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Real Estate Agent with Vision Quest Realty WV0026375

In this great post, Debbie Reynolds provides many ways to strip your Christmas and how to give back to nature.... her tips are amazing. I didn't know there were so many ways to use the tree.


Original content by Debbie Reynolds TN Broker: 208698

Give Back to Nature and Strip That Christmas Tree

Give back to nature strip your treeMany cities across the country have tree collection programs where they take real Christmas trees after they have been used and turn them into mulch for parks and trails. For those that want to do more with their tree than to put it on the curb for pick up, here are a few ideas. To save on the mess take an old sheet and put under the tree to catch the needles and to save your floor while you work on the tree..

  1. First decide how many uses you want your tree to have.
  2. You may want to save part of the tree like the top couple of feet to put at the corner of your lot to act as a squirrel habitat.
  3. If you really like birds, the whole tree can be used at the perimeter of your lot to act as a bird sanctuary.
  4. If you are a fisherman and have a pond or small lake, you can add weights to the whole tree and place it down in the water to create a fish bed. 
  5. If you decide to use it in pieces then get some hand pruners or a small hand saw. Remove the branches at the trunk and spread with peanut butter or honey and sprinkled with bird seed. The birds will love you.  . 
  6. If the tree is still fresh use the branches to make a natural swag or winter wreath for your front door.
  7. Spread some branches around the bases of your tender plants outside. This will protect them from severe weather.
  8. If you have a bare area of ground, spreading small branches will keep erosion at a minimum.
  9. Do you have a garden in the summer months? Small pieces of branch will help keep moisture in and put nutrients back in the ground.
  10. Small branches will help keep a concrete sidewalk from being as slippery when ice and snow come and make it easier to walk on.
  11. The thicker part of the trunk can be cut into disks (about 1/2" thick) and dried in a very low heat oven for several hours and sealed with a spray polyurethane to make natural coasters.
  12. Leave a couple of branches on the trunk near the top, use it in your yard to hang your bird feeders on.
  13. The bare tree trunk can serve as a landscape timber or border.
  14. The bare tree trunk can be used to stop erosion on a hillside bank.
  15. The needles can be used as potpourri or to make sachets.
  16. The fallen needles you collect in the sheet can be spread over your flower beds to nourish and feed the soil.

Give Back to Nature and Strip That Christmas Tree



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Ted Glover
Alderman Classic Realty, LLC - Moultrie, GA
ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422

Hi Rebecca Gaujot, the GO TO REALTOR great re-blog of Debbie Reynolds post of Christmas trees. Have a great day and Happy New Year.

Dec 30, 2014 01:00 PM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WE had 3 live trees in the hoiusse this year.

They will be piled up for the birds to roost until spring when I will run them through my chipper.

Dec 30, 2014 01:02 PM #2
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Knowing that birds like Chickadees like  a little wind protection near the bird feeder on those blustery January days, I like to stick a tree or two into the snowbank near the feeder until the snow melts in the spring, then they get sent back out to the forest to provide nutrients for the next crop of Christmas trees.

Dec 30, 2014 03:41 PM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a timely selection for a re-blog.

Have an outstanding week.

Jan 04, 2015 03:41 AM #4
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