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Monday, January 2, 2012

A Green Thought: Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Goebbert's Farm & Garden Center has some great ideas to recycle your live Christmas Tree.

Give your Christmas tree a second life by using it in the garden.  Anchor it in a snow bank or on a fence or trellis.  Hang homemade or purchased birdseed feeders, orange slices and other food for the birds.  The tree provides needed shelter and the food will helping bring additional visitors into your landscape. 

Use it as a windbreak - Help protect your boxwood, rhododendrons and other broadleaf evergreens from drying winter winds and winter sun.  

You can also cut the branches of the tree and use them as winter mulch over perennials and bulbs.  Place several branches over border-line hardy perennials, late plantings or bulbs that are subject to early sprouting.  Winter mulch keeps the soil cold, preventing early sprouting and frost heaving during our winter thaws.  At the end of the season, contact your local municipality.  Many will chip the remnants of your tree along with other gardeners' landscape trimmings for use as mulch in the landscape.  

Go Green!
Creativity Bug ~ Sue


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