Do not let your Christ­mas tree go to waste

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Ricky Ens­ley [email protected]

OH Christ­mas tree, OH Christ­mas tree. After Christ­mas What Do We do with thee?

After the hol­i­days, many a Christ­mas tree has been dragged out to the curb to wait an undig­ni­fied burial in a nearby land­fill.

It is a shame to waste a good re­cy­clable prod­uct.

Like any item you plan to re­cy­cle, the tree must be clean. Re­move and store or­na­ments and other dec­o­ra­tions and pick off tin­sel and light strands.

Your tree can be re­cy­cled by any of the fol­low­ing meth­ods:

Use it as a fish habi­tat – An­chor it in a large cof­fee can with con­crete and put it into a pond or lake. The con­crete weights the tree down with it stand­ing up­right on the bot­tom. These trees are nat­u­ral fish at­trac­tors for Bream and Bass. They of­fer a safe haven for young fish.

Chip it and use the chips for mulch – If you have a chip­per – shred­der, fol­low the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions for the size of tree you have.

Use it as a wildlife habi­tat – Prune some of the branches and use them as mulch in­stead of pine nee­dles around flowerbeds and shrubs. The trunk with the re­main­ing limbs can be used as a bird nest­ing sta­tion near feed­ers or bird­baths.

I use a cedar trunk with limbs as a perch in my chicken coop. Hang suet feed­ers or bird­seed feed­ers from the branches. In­crease thicket ar­eas with your tree.

Car­di­nals es­pe­cially like thicket ar­eas, and by adding to those ar­eas, you may at­tract more of them and other birds.

Re­cy­cle Your Tree – That is the Key!

Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful will be hav­ing a Christ­mas tree re­cy­cling event. They also will be giv­ing away seedlings and have other ac­tiv­i­ties. It’s com­ing up next Satur­day, Jan­uary 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Camp An­ti­och lo­cated at 3900 An­ti­och Road in Cedar­town.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful at 678-246-1083.

Ricky Ens­ley

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