Latest News

What to do with your old Christmas tree

Lots of people (us included!) have decided to really embrace Christmas a little extra this year, which has resulted in many more people investing in a real Christmas tree.

A real Christmas tree looks utterly spectacular when lit and glistening with baubles and trinkets, but what on Earth do you do with them when the most wonderful time of the year is over?

Well, take down the tinsel, but don’t ditch the tree. There are countless ways to put your Christmas tree to good use that are great for the environment or will save you some money. 

Here are some suggestions for disposing of or breathing new life into your Christmas tree:

Raise money for charity

Lots of community charities have begun to offer a collection service for Christmas trees after Christmas. Their volunteers will arrange a collection with you in the hopes that you’ll make a donation in return. To see if this is offered in your local area, head to this website.

Make mulch!

Mulching is generally used to save water, suppress weeds and improve the soil around plants but it also gives your garden a neat, tidy appearance and can reduce the amount of time spent on tasks such as watering and weeding.

You can use the pine needle from your tree, as they dry quickly and decompose slowly, making them an excellent option for creating a great moisture-free and mould-free mulch. If you’re considering starting growing your own food in 2021, definitely think about this for the garden!

Build a home

Not for you, silly! The local birds! If you keep your tree in its pot, you can fill bird feeders and hang them from the boughs. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, drape the tree with a swag of pinecones coated with peanut butter.

Insulate perennials 

We ask a lot of our perennials – this climate is a harsh one for many plants, so tuck them in for the remainder of the winter. Cut the boughs off your Christmas tree and lay them over perennial beds to protect them from snow and reduce frost heaving.

On the edge of glory

If you’re handy with a saw (or know someone who is!), cut the Christmas tree trunk into 2-inch discs and set them into the soil to edge flower beds or walkways. They look great! 

Crafty so-and-so

If you’re a crafty sort, you can also dry these wooden discs out to make decorations, coasters, trivets, candle dishes etc. Pinterest is your friend for inspiration! Cut thin slabs off the trunk, sand them and apply a thin coat of polyurethane to keep the sap off tables and glassware.

Enrich your soil

This one is a bit ambitious, but worth it if there are a few of you to share the cost. Rent a wood chipper and feed the tree through it. Next spring, spread the wood chips under shrubs. You’ll enrich the soil with great nutrients, and the chips will suppress weeds, too.

Feed the fire pit

It’s fine to use a few of the quick-to-ignite branches to start an outdoor fire pit. Never, ever use Christmas tree wood on an indoor fireplace though, because the creosote build-up. Creosote is a flammable and corrosive substance created from the gases that are produced when burning wet wood. The dried needles can burn in a flash, causing a fierce fire. After 2020, that’s no way to start 2021!

Lean on me

If you’ve been lovingly tending to your houseplants during lockdown, they may have shot right up. Some houseplants benefit from staking. To do this, strip small branches off the Christmas tree and use the remaining twigs to support indoor potted plants or stake leggy seedlings.

View All Testimonials

Cleaner Care Limited registered in England and Wales No. 5471880. VAT Reg No. 879 6958 27

Cleaner Care 2021 | Web Design North Wales by Indever