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How Can I Reuse my Christmas Tree?

The holidays have come to an end, the decorations are put away and the only sign of Christmas that remains is a bare Christmas tree.  While a live tree is a beautiful addition to any home during the holidays, it seems like such a waste to toss it to the curb when January rolls around.  Therefore, why not reuse your Christmas tree?  Horhut Tree Experts, located in Pittsburgh, PA, suggests the following ways to make your tree the gift that keeps on giving.

Turn your Tree into Mulch

The branches and needles can provide your garden with much-needed moisture and insulation during the remaining months of winter.  Many cities hold recycling events where they will shred down your live tree and provide you with the mulch to take home.  Check with your local area to see if there is a program scheduled near you.  If not, you can do it yourself.  Remove the needles and cut the branches into 1-2 inch pieces.  Both items, used as mulch, will add nutrients to your garden’s soil.  If you are looking to insulate sensitive plants, such as rose bushes, cover your garden with the entire limbs.

Compost your Christmas Tree

If you are have a compost pile or are looking to start one, your old Christmas tree will make a great base.  Be sure to remove the needles first, as they slow down the disintegration process.  But the needles do not have to go to waste as they can be used as mulch for your garden.  Also, it is beneficial to cut the branches into smaller pieces to speed up the composting process.

Get Creative

From coasters to potpourri, parts of your Christmas tree can remain with you as long as you wish.  Pine needles can be added to a potpourri mixture for a pleasant smelling air freshener.  If you are crafty, consider cutting your tree’s trunk and making rustic homemade coasters.  Your DIY ideas will only be limited by your imagination.

Plant It

Planting your Christmas tree is only possible if you have planned ahead.  Cut trees and trees with damaged root balls will not regrow.  If you purchased your tree with a healthy root ball attached that was securely wrapped in burlap, then replanting your tree is a possibility.  Horhut Tree Experts can assist Pittsburgh area residents with the proper steps to successfully replanting your Christmas tree.

As you can see, there are many ways to avoid having to say goodbye to your cherished Christmas tree.

Certified Arborists in Pittsburgh

When it comes to tree care in Pittsburgh, Horhut Tree Experts has you covered.  Our team of ISA Certified Arborists and Board Certified Master Arborists continually pursue training and education to provide the best quality tree care to our clients in the Greater Pittsburgh area. If you are in need of tree care, including the replanting of your Christmas tree, in Pittsburgh, call Horhut Tree Experts at 412-855-2703.

Jaime Horhut