When the bulbs are down and the lights are put away, don’t throw your Christmas tree to the curb just yet! Give your tree new life as wildlife habitat.
The trunk and limbs of the tree can be cut and arranged into a brush pile that serves as shelter for small wildlife species. Simply put limbs in a square arrangement like building a toy log cabin and cover with additional brush.
If you have a pond on your property, you might want to weigh down your tree and sink it into the water to serve as fish habitat.Contact local parks to see if they are doing this on a mass scale.
Whatever project you choose to do, make sure you complete it on your own property. Putting trees and brush on other people’s property or public areas without permission is considered dumping and is illegal.
If you’d rather recycle your tree call your local solid waste management district for information on where to recycle live-cut Christmas trees in your area.
Read about more ideas on attracting wildlife at wildohio.gov