Canada’s Christmas tree farms produce over three million pine, spruce and fir trees each year — and most of them are simply abandoned at the curb soon after Santa makes his annual visit.
Now, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is suggesting that people should instead haul their tree to the backyard, to help nature and learn a bit about ecology.
Most municipalities have programs to chip and compost old Christmas trees, but residents have an opportunity to make the most of their old tree.
Put it out in the backyard and you’ll find that backyard birds start using it right away, especially if you have a birdfeeder. The birds will land in the tree before they go to the feeder. Some of them may even stay in it at night to get some shelter.
You can decorate your old tree for birds and squirrels by doing things like hanging suet, or peanuts. Over winter, many of the needles will fall off, and by spring the tree will be ready to introduce to the soil.
Cutting off the branches in the spring and laying them on the ground around flowers. or those who don’t have a place on their property to recycle a tree, make sure your municipality composts them. Many places used to just put the trees in the landfill, which creates methane that’s not good for climate change…..Ed
Source: by: Canadian Press/ Photo:Town of Seneca Falls