If you used a real tree for Christmas this year, it’s just about time to think about what to do with it now that Christmas is over. If you live in the city, some city waste disposal systems will carry off the tree for you, but that option is hardly making the best of the resources available, and it doesn’t really fit the prepper lifestyle.
Luckily, there are a variety of other ways you can use up your tree, that will be beneficial to you and the environment at the same time. Don’t just throw away your tree – try one of these options instead, and make preparations for the New Year in true prepper style.
Turn Your Tree into Mulch
One option for tree disposal is to turn the pine into mulch. This requires a wood chipper. If you have one, you can simply run the tree through the chipper to break it up into little bitty bits. If not, you can either rent a wood chipper from a hardware store, or take your tree to a hardware store and have them chop it up for you. Some stores will do this for free, while others will charge a small fee. Either way, you end up with a bunch of great chips for mulching!
Old Tree: Use a Recycling Center
If you do not want to use the tree, you can donate it to a recycling center. Some recycling centers automatically pick up the tree curbside, while others require you to take the tree directly to the center, and still others will pick up the tree for you for a small fee. Just call your local recycling centers to find out if they accept old Christmas trees, and you’ll be rid of that old tree in no time.
Christmas Tree Uses: Chop it Up for Firewood
Another option for the prepper is to chop the wood into pieces for firewood. Use a chainsaw or axe to trim the tree into fireplace-sized pieces, and allow them to cure outdoors for at least six months before you try to burn them. If you do not let the wood cure, then it will be green, sappy, and difficult to burn.
Save the Wood for Future Projects
If you do not like the idea of burning your tree, you can also use the wood for craft projects. Soft pine wood is ideal for DIY wood projects, and you can create a variety of wooden projects from the wood. Simply allow the wood to cure for about a year before cutting it into pieces for projects. You can take the tree stump to a hardware store for trimming after it cures, or you can strip the wood yourself at home.
What Do You Do?
Everyone has a different way of getting rid of that old tree after Christmas is over, but it doesn’t really matter as long as your tree doesn’t end up in a landfill somewhere. Get as much use out of that evergreen as possible, and let us know what your favorite method of upcycling your tree is!
If you use real Christmas trees, what do you do to dispose of the tree after the holiday is over?