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Put the retired Christmas tree to good use after the holiday

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Once you've un-decked the halls, make sure the tree does more good after it leaves the house. Once you've un-decked the halls, make sure the tree does more good after it leaves the house.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A real Christmas tree adds a particularly festive touch to the holiday.

However, as early as Christmas night for some households, the family Christmas tree gets unceremoniously dumped out on the curb, tossed in a dumpster, or left elsewhere to dry and deteriorate.

For those in North Alabama who want to make sure their tree gets put to good use, the Huntsville Botanical Garden will be recycling trees for mulch.

If you don't live near the garden, or want to recycle the tree yourself, here are some ideas:

  • Chip it into mulch yourself for landscaping
  • Retired Christmas trees make great bird habitats. Secure the trunk of the tree about one foot down in the soil and decorate the tree with bird food.
  • Old tree branches can be used to control soil erosion.
  • They can also be cut into firewood. You'll need to let the wood cure and dry for one year before use.

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