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Cut Christmas Tree Re-use and Recycling

Once your cut tree has completed its role as decoration, what will you do with it?

Great Barrington’s local Scouts BSA Troup 23 accepts trees or will pick up on specific Saturdays in January.  See this link on our Events page to learn more.

Soil erosion barriers:  Christmas trees make effective sand and soil erosion barriers, especially for lake and river shoreline stabilization.

Fish feeders: Sunk into private fishponds, trees make an excellent refuge and feeding area for fish.

Bird feeders:  Place the Christmas tree in the garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary.  Fresh orange slices or strung popcorn will attract the birds and they can sit in the branches for shelter.  (Be sure to remove all decorations, hooks, garland, and tinsel strands.)  Eventually (within a year) the branches will be brittle, and you can break the tree apart by hand or chip it in a chipper.

Mulch:  A Christmas tree is biodegradable! You can remove branches, chip them, and use as mulch in the garden.  Branches can also be laid on the soil around roses or over dormant perennial plants when the soil is frozen to provide some winter protection against freeze and thaw cycles.

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Winter is a great time for gardeners to take stock, tidy up, protect plants and plan ahead. And have a look at our seasonal decorating ideas!

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