How to Dispose of Your Christmas Tree

Christmas tree It has been a tradition in my family for as far back as I can remember to pack up all the Christmas decorations and such on New Year’s Day. It’s kind of bittersweet.

On one hand I’m glad to get all the clutter of Christmas put away and have everything back to normal.On the other hand, it’s sad to say goodbye to the Christmas season for another year. But it needs to be done.

Okay maybe I’m a total sap (pun intended) but I think there is nothing sadder than seeing a forlorn looking abandoned Christmas tree laying by the side of the highway, dumped by careless people. I actually feel sorry for the tree. It seems it should have more respect since it gave it’s life so folks could have a pretty Christmas tree to light up their home.

I guess that’s why I stick with an artificial tree. I just hate the thought of a real tree dying. I also hate having to deal with watering it every day and dealing with the fallen pine needles, but that’s another story.

My artificial tree is easy to store. I used to just store it in it’s cardboard box but it got accidentally thrown out so I bought a storage bag for it last year, and I actually like that much better. If you want to check those out, Amazon has some nice ones here: Artificial Tree Storage Bags.

Some people will have nothing but a real tree for Christmas. I totally understand why. Live trees are more beautiful than fake trees and they smell so good!

Other than dumping your tree by the side of the road, there are better ways to dispose of it. Many cities will pick it up after Christmas. Call your city’s waste disposal department or check their site online to see what day they will pick trees up.

Unfortunately in my city, it’s late January so if I had a real tree, I sure wouldn’t want it sitting out by the road or on the side of the house waiting for pick up day for almost a month.

One thing you can do to get rid of the tree is to get a large tree disposal bag for it. These usually can be found at big box home improvement stores, garden stores or where you bought your tree. You will need to trim the branches so the tree will fit in the bag.

If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace, you could also cut up the tree for firewood.

If you have a wood chipper, you can use it to make mulch. Some cities even have mulching programs where they will use the city’s wood chippers to make mulch from the tree. Again call your city to see if it has a program like this.

Any other ideas for tree disposal that I don’t know about? Leave a comment and let me know.

Happy New Year!



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