It’s that time of year again. Christmas trees are coming down. You can use your old tree to help the rest of your yard or garden. Here’s how:
- Mulch with Needles. This Old House notes that pine needles resist moisture and mold, making them a long-lasting mulch for ground-covering plants like strawberries.
- Insulate flowers. If you wrap pine needles around perennials, you can ensure that they do not fall risk to frost heaving or get crushed under snow.
- Re-use trunk. Saw the trunk into pieces and use them to raise up flowerpots to varying heights for visual interest and ease of watering.
- Chip tree. Use a woodchipper to make wood chips, which you can use in the spring to keep weeds from growing.
- Make stakes. Use twigs from your tree to support small trees, such as seedlings or indoor plants.
These are all great ways to make sure your tree does not go to waste!