Read This Before You Toss Your Christmas Tree



Here on THISWOMANFROMNY, the holiday season has produced fruitful and mindful ideas to inspire every mind.

I shared how to let go of holiday anxiety, we brought our beloveds’ gifts that were meaningful and we learn how to elevate your self-care routine and treat yourself to a healing bath. The focus was to inspire and fuel a nurturing fire that heals the living experience for everyone.

As we begin to take down the Christmas décor to welcome the New Year, I think it is just as important to preserve the mindful behavior as we clean out. This is especially true when we depart ways with the beloved Christmas trees.

Often times, the trees end up in the landfill where it will not be used for anything. Rather than haul the trees to be taken away by the garbage truck, consider the many ways you can help the environment to recycle it.

One way is to turn the tree into mulch. Many cities and towns use the mulch to distribute onto public land. The mulch provides a rich “organic nutrient supply” and acts as a “natural erosion control” for public parks. At times, the mulch can be given to people for use in yards and gardens.

Another unique way that trees can be used is for rebuilding sand dunes at the beach. Using these trees can help beaches prevent sand erosion. For those living by a creek or lake, old trees can be used as a natural habitat for aquatic life. When sunk under water, the trees act as “homes” for fishes and other water creatures.

Alternatively and depending that the root ball is still intact (and if your zoning permits), you may be able to replant it. To begin, place your tree outside sheltered in the cold for about a week or two so that it can adapt to the outdoor conditions before being planted. Be sure to keep the root covered with a piece of burlap to protect the root ball.  

Once ready for planting, dig a hole where you would want your tree to be. Remove the burlap and place the tree in the hole and backfill the hole with soil. Cover the hole and several inches of mulch and water the tree. Add fertilizer in the spring.

As you can probably tell, you have greener options when it comes to your Christmas tree. We owe it to future generations and the planet to opt for safer practices than being exposed to the emission of toxic greenhouse gases.

We can recycle and bring good to our festive home here on Earth!