Ever wondered how to properly dispose of your tree after the holidays?
The Nature Conservancy of Canada suggests leaving your Christmas tree in your backyard.
If you’d like to prolong the holidays spirit and share the gift of giving with wildlife, then the NCC do suggest instead of bringing your tree to the curb, put it behind the house.
They say the first step in letting nature help you recycle your tree is to put it anywhere, including propping it up against another tree, against a fence or laying it in your garden.
By spring, the tree will have lost most of its needles. Simply cut the tree branches, lay them where spring flowers are starting to emerge in your garden and place the trunk on the soil.
The trunk and branches can provide habitat, shelter wildflowers, hold moisture and help build the soil.
The NCC say the our backyards are ecosystems of their own and provide an opportunity to learn about forest ecology. By leaving our trees in our backyard, we can understand its life cycle and observe its impact on backyard biodiversity.
You can learn more here.
Photo courtesy of Nature Conservancy of Canada