Everyone knows about the after-Christmas letdown. All the pretty wrapping paper is torn to
shreds, only crumbs remain in the cookie tin and the last ho-ho-ho’s all have died away. The
weeks of preparation have come to a crescendo and left only silence in their wake.
It’s three more months until spring. The days will be short and the nights will be long and cold.
How do we recapture that holiday cheer?
One of the best ways to combat the blues during any season is to commune with nature. This
year, instead of just trashing your tree, consider recycling it — you’ll be able to enjoy it longer.
How, you ask? Let us tell you.
1. Mulch — Take it outside, cut it into pieces and feed it into your wood chipper. You’ll
have the nicest-smelling mulch in the neighborhood!
2. Air freshener — Bring some of your mulch inside and set it out in a bowl on the
counter, or fill a few mesh or cheesecloth bags and tuck them into drawers or closets to
freshen them up.
Another idea is to save the needles and put them into your vacuum cleaner bag. Every
time you turn it on, you’ll be treated to a robust evergreen aroma! Save up a pile and
throw a new handful in with each bag change. You can do the same in the summer with
lavender or another plant whose scent you like.
3. Bird feeder — One of the most enjoyable ways to recycle your Christmas tree is to put
it outside for the birds. Leave the popcorn strings on — this is a tasty treat for them. But
make sure all the ornaments and tinsel have been removed; they can be harmful to birds
and other creatures.
Once all the popcorn’s been eaten, put out fresh treats like fruits or pine cones covered
with peanut butter or shortening and rolled in birdseed.
4. Fish habitat — If you have a pond nearby with fish or other living creatures in it,
submerge your Christmas tree so it can be used for feeding and hiding. Fish, frogs and
other pond life enjoy these natural features the same way your goldfish and tropical fish
enjoy the castles and plastic plants you put in your aquarium.
These tips can help you enjoy nature just a little bit more throughout Utah’s long, cold
winter. For more ideas on how you can recycle your Christmas tree, or for answers to any of
your landscaping questions, call Earthworks Landscaping, northern Utah’s yard and garden