Did you opt for a real Christmas tree this year? A lot of us grapple with the choice between real and fake, weighing the proverbial environmental impact of one vs. the other. One dilemma people face with a real tree is, what do I do with it after the holidays?
Mulch it! While your tree was alive, it benefited the planet, and it can continue to contribute to a healthy ecosystem. Chipping up your tree is a great way to create vital organic matter that is ideal to put on top of the soil–similar to a natural forest. After all, it’s only trash if you throw it away. Look for a tree recycling location that turns it into mulch. Or DIY it and borrow or rent a chipper and use the mulch on your garden beds.
Now you may be asking, “Can I hire someone to do all this for me?”
Yep. And, luckily, some services don’t cost a whole lot. If you are in SoCal, try California Christmas Tree Recycling (www.recycletrees.com). The company serves the Los Angeles and San Diego areas, with costs starting at $25. A crew comes in after the holidays, removes the stand, vacuums up, and takes the tree to be mulched. They even donate a portion of the proceeds to TreePeople. And that’s a holiday tradition we love!