There is the thought that a live tree is bad for the environment. While I agree, I’m here to tell you why I choose a live Christmas tree.
The belief is that you are cutting down a perfectly good tree, which is harmful to the environment. I understand this, and that is why I purchase my tree from locally owned businesses that sustainably source the trees. I know the trees that are being cut down are being replaced by new growth.
Sustainably sourced trees is not the root reason as to why I pick a live tree. It’s really a very basic reason: I love the smell! The smell of a love tree as I walk by just makes me smile and, to me, that makes it all worth it.
However, it’s not just all about smelling it and then dumping it after the holidays. My love tree is recycled into so many other things!
What my tree becomes:
1. The pine needles go into my compost bins. They are a wonderful “brown” addition to the compost. The compost is then used in the gardens!
2. The branches and trunk become wood for fires in our firepit! The wood ashes from the fires are then used for the garden (soil water retention) and in chicken dust baths!
In the end, the tree becomes so many other beneficial things for the environment that cutting it down is not so bad. So, if you choose a live tree, please repurpose it. If you are unable to personally recycle the tree into compost or wood or whatever else, see if you can find another way to repurpose the tree.
Ways to Repurpose the Tree:
1. Compost – The needles and small branches can become great “brown” additions to your compost. You can also just toss the needles into your garden beds.
2. Firewood – Cut up the tree and burn it for lovely bonfires! You can go a step farther and use the ashes for your garden!
3. Mulch – Some municipalities will accept Christmas trees that will then be mulched and used by the parks and other city departments.
4. Fish Protection – Some cities will accept trees that are then put in lakes and other waterways to provide homes and protection for fish and other aquatic animals.
5. Neighbors – Ask around to your neighbors and see if they would like the tree for compost, wood, or whatever else they might need.