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Best Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

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Those who love having a fresh-cut Christmas tree through the holiday season know it’s time to take down the decorations and find a place for the tree once the season ends. There are many ways to dispose of your Christmas tree to benefit your local landscape. As the holidays end, our Sussex Tree team wants to share some environmentally friendly ways to bid farewell to your Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree Recycling in Sussex County, DE

 The shedding of tree needles is one of the first signs that it’s time to move on. Dried-out trees pose fire risks, so handle them carefully and avoid keeping them indoors or against your home. If you’re in the local area, we have a great resource in Sussex County, Delaware, to recycle your Christmas tree. It’s a convenient way to repurpose them into mulch, soil, or fertilizer. Drop your tree off at the STI Landscape Center in Lewes, Delaware. The cost to recycle is $7 per tree. 

Before hauling your tree to the recycling center, consider repurposing the branches and needles in your yard. Try a DIY project by using branches to create bird feeders, coating them in peanut butter, and rolling them in bird seed. It’s a neat way to provide winter food for backyard birds, plus having some wildlife outside your home is always fun. Do you have a heap of pine needles in your house? Gather them and use them as mulch in your border gardens. They are excellent for fertilizing shrubs like azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias.

We hope this inspired you with some creative ways to repurpose your Christmas tree this year! For more tree service and landscaping tips, check out our blog. Sussex Tree is closed for the holiday from December 24 through January 1 and will reopen on January 2. It’s not too early to start thinking about spring landscaping! Contact Sussex Tree in the new year for all your tree care needs.