The Glengarry News - Glengarry Supplement

Post-Christmas bonus

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Most municipali­ties collect discarded natural Christmas trees and chip them for use as mulching materials. Real Christmas trees are completely biodegrada­ble and will, on their own, break down and return their stored nutrients to the soil from which they came. There are also other ways in which real Christmas trees go right on giving long after the Christmas season is over. They can be used as bird feeders, wood products can be made from their stems or they can be used as wildlife cover in fish ponds and woodlots alike.

Carbon dioxide is taken out of the atmosphere, counteract­ing the human use of fossil fuels. Trees also act as air pollution filters and can remove up to 13 tons of airborne pollutants per acre per year. Christmas tree farms are havens for a wide variety of bird and mammal species including grosbeaks, sparrows, chickadees, foxes, coyotes, mice, voles, and squirrels. The edge effect created by trees helps to increase wildlife species diversity.

 ??  ?? GREEN DECORATION: Remember that evergreens can be recycled. They can be shredded and used as mulch, or put out in the backyard to be converted into a bird habitat. Make sure to remove all tinslel first!
GREEN DECORATION: Remember that evergreens can be recycled. They can be shredded and used as mulch, or put out in the backyard to be converted into a bird habitat. Make sure to remove all tinslel first!
 ??  ?? LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT Lights affixed to poles throughout North Glengarry light up the night.
LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT Lights affixed to poles throughout North Glengarry light up the night.

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