Garden AdviceChristmas Safety Tips to Consider While Decorating
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After the Christmas festivities are over and you’ve had your fair share of joy and kissing under the mistletoe, it’s time to decide on how to dispose of your Christmas tree. While you may already be thinking of throwing it into the rubbish bin, there are more creative ways to deal with the problem. First off, though, you need to…
You don’t need to wait until the tree dries out. The drier it is, the more it becomes a fire hazard. Besides, you wouldn’t be able to use it for much if it’s dry. So, having said that:
Now that that is done, take a look at some suggestions on how to dispose of your Christmas tree:
There are two instances to this method.
If you’ve purchased a tree with a live root system with the intention of replanting it later, know this, you will not be able to keep it in your home very long. A week tops. Any more will diminish its chances to readapt to the outside conditions.
It’s almost impossible to replant a Christmas tree with a cut root system. The poor thing has been slowly dehydrating ever since it was put up for sale at the start of the festivities. Still, there is something you can try. Mind you, it might work and it might not, but it’s the only way to replant a Christmas tree with no roots:
If you love decorating Christmas trees, you’d be delighted to learn you can do it all over again, but this time with bits of food for the birds. So, if you’ve successfully managed to replant your tree and want to do something more, this is it:
Keep in mind: it might take a week or two for the birds to discover your tree.
Another useful way to dispose of a Christmas tree is by turning it into mulch. Mulching is great for any garden as it prevents soil erosion after heavy rainfalls, and provides it with nutrients. Knowing that this new batch of mulch is from a Christmas tree will make it that much more special.
You don’t necessarily need a shredder for this bob, but it will come in handy. If you can’t borrow one from your neighbour and don’t want to rent one, you can just use an axe to chip the branches into tiny pieces. The smaller the better.
You can use your old Christmas tree as a basis for your composter. Trim the tree branches so they can be easily inserted into the composter and stack them. Naturally, the smaller the pieces, the better. Afterwards, you can add your kitchen scraps.
If you decide to go down this road, know that you should never throw your Christmas tree into your indoor fireplace. When on fire, pine needles emit harmful fumes, such as hydrogen cyanide, while the branches will generate large amounts of heat. Not only will it become hazardous to your breathing system, but those amounts of heat may lead to a chimney fire.
That’s why it is much easier to use it outdoors, at a fire pit. Just make sure the tree is completely dry before chopping it up into pieces and throwing them to be engulfed in flames.
Everybody loves the smell of a Christmas tree, and making a potpourri is probably the best way to continue to enjoy that smell.
Find a professional to help you out.
It will take some online research to find one, but there are lots of charity organisations in London which, for a small fee, will collect your tree. After all the Christmas trees are collected, they’re taken to be recycled. Recycling is by far the best option, as it helps nature and doesn’t require space in a landfill.
You can leave it next to your rubbish bin. It will be picked up on collection day by the rubbish collectors. However, we all know that they’re not always on time.
Some of you know this, and some don’t, but Fantastic Services offers a tree collection service. It goes along with our Christmas tree delivery. You can buy a tree from us, have it delivered, and arrange a collection date. That way, everything’s taken care of, sparing you time and nerves. Or you can book collection only, it’s £55 no matter the size of your tree.
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How to you dispose of your Christmas tree? Do you use it in any of the way mentioned in this post? Let us know by commenting!