Christmas Tree Mulching
Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Believe it or not, your beautiful, fragrant tree can be recycled once the holidays are over. Doing so saves precious landfill space and recycles the trees nutrients back into the ground.
Here are a few ideas for how to take care of your tree responsibly after the holidays:
- Create a bird sanctuary in your backyard with your tree. Dead trees will be used as shelter for birds throughout the winter. Hang bird seed and suet from the branches for a full winter of bird-sighting!
- Make mulch. Cut off boughs from your tree and place them around plants that are susceptile to harsh conditions.
- Chip your old tree to add to compost.
- Purchase a tree that has balled roots and plant it in your yard after the holidays.
- Check your city's tree recycling program. Salt Lake City will pick up Christmas trees curbside shortly after the holidays and recycle them.
* Make sure to remove all decorations before recycling or reusing your tree!
- Park City: @ “North 40” Sports Field (2700 Kearns Blvd., across from Wyatt Earp Way)
- Jeremy Ranch: @ parking lot opposite the Jeremy Store
- Silver Summit: @ Bell’s Sinclair
Fake trees are not recyclable! Recycle Utah will not accept them. Cut live trees are better for our enviornment becuase they provide clean oxygen for the 10-15 years they grow and when you're done with them, they can be mulched. Mulch improves water retention and soil structure, and adds valuable nutrients to the soil as it decomposes.
Select a tree that has been grown close to home, or find out where you can cut your own through your local Forest Service.