How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree for Your Landscaping Needs

Some things are just made to be used and reused because of how easy it is to keep the cycle going. B This is the beauty of composting, and locals in Aspen are catching onto it quickly. B The city just started a pilot program with Bumps, a restaurant, and Snowmass Club‘s food service to test county wide composting initiatives for local businesses.

You can benefit from the same idea too. B When you’re getting ready to take your tree to the curb, consider other options that let you reuse the it instead:

  • Wood Chips: B If you don’t use the wood chips, there is most definitely someone that does wants them. B Wood chips make great mulch.
  • Composting: B Composting is a great way to use your tree because you are creating one of nature’s best soilB additivesB ever made. B By making your own compost, starting with your tree, you are helpingB relieveB pressure on our local landfills as well. B Remember, only add organic material to your compost pile.

Below is a great way to learn how to compost so that you can add more than just your tree. B What do you think? B Leave a comment.

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2 responses to “How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree for Your Landscaping Needs

  1. I thought woodchips were not a good mulching agent as they sucked the nitrogen out of the soil. I used woodchip mulch in my vegetable garden and the lettuce did very poorly. Do you think it was the chips or is there something else missing?

  2. Fresh woodchips DO deplete the soil of nitrogen because of their slow decomposing cycle. It’s best to let them rot for a little while before spreading. Keep your mulch away from wooden structures as well, because they may attract termites. The good thing about them is that they last long, don’t blow away, and keep grass and weed growth from your plants. Aged mulch (several months or more) put through a composting process, are best spread around trees. Add dried leaves to the compost and that will help build a more nutrient rich woodchip compost. Try adding your coffee grounds to your woodchip compost as well.

    For a vegetable garden, one of the best organic mulches to use would be straw or shredded leaves. Keep them at least an inch away from plant stems to avoid rot and fungus problems.

    Hope that helps!

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