Monday, December 26, 2016

Home Grown: Recycling Christmas Trees

After selecting, decorating and enjoying a fresh-cut Christmas tree it is time to consider how to recycle the tree following the holiday season. Many communities have recycling programs — some offering curbside pickup — and will convert the tree into mulch.

Another possibility, for those on or near an acreage, is to convert the tree into fish habitat. Sunk into private fishing ponds or lakes, Christmas trees make excellent refuge and feeding areas for fish.

Extension wildlife specialists suggest anchoring the tree in a large coffee can with concrete first. The concrete weights the tree down so it stands upright. This natural fish attractor will draw bream and bass and offer a safe haven for young fish. For safety's sake, drop the tree well away from swimming areas.

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