By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Christmas Day has come and gone, which often begs the question: what should you do with your Christmas tree? For families who celebrated the holidays with an artificial tree, simply storing it away until next year is the obvious answer. But for those who used a real spruce or pine tree, there are actually multiple uses other than simply placing it by the curb to be hauled off to a landfill.
Here’s a quick rundown of all the ways to get the most use out of a Christmas tree after the holidays in Williamson County.
Using a Christmas tree as mulch is one of the more common post-holiday uses. The pine needles make for great mulch for any yard, increasing the breathability of the soil due to chemicals in the pine needles that enhance PH levels.
Simply cut off long branches on any Christmas tree and lay them in a yard, often on perennial flowers and such. Pine needles dry quickly and decompose slowly, making for excellent nutrients for plants that are susceptible to frost damage.
For Williamson County residents willing to donate their tree for mulch to be used across the county, the drop off locations are as follows:
Spring Hill: Residents may either leave their tree on the curb on brush pickup day, which is always the day immediately after trash pickup day, or drop their tree off at Evans Park, located at 563 Maury Hill Street. A tree drop off spot it located next to the dumpsters.
Franklin: Residents will have three different locations to drop off their tree, which include Jim Warren Park at 705 Boyd Mill Avenue, Liberty Park at 2080 Turning Wheel Lane, and Fieldstone Park at 1377 Hillsboro Road. Drop off locations in Franklin are open from dawn until dusk from December 15 to February 2.
Brentwood: Residents in Brentwood will also have three different locations to drop off their tree. Locations include Crockett Park at 1500 Volunteer Parkway, Granny White Park at 610 Granny White Pike, and River Park at 1206 Knox Valley Drive. Drop off locations in Brentwood are open from 6:30 a.m. until dusk from December 26 to January 14.
Fairview: Residents in Fairview will just have one drop off location for trees, which is at Bowie Nature Park at 7211 Bowie Lake Road. The drop off location will remain open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. from December 26 to January 31.
Other than looking cool, a pine or spruce tree submerged in a pond or lake makes for an excellent habitat for fish, protecting them from predators, as well as providing an ample environment for algae growth. Just be sure that your tree is chemical free, and check with local city officials for ordinances and codes regarding the matter.
Christmas Tree Coasters
For one of the more creative uses for your Christmas tree, you could try making coasters out of the trees trunk. Simply cut the trunk of the tree into thin chunks of approximately half an inch thickness, coat with varnish, and voila – you’ve got an authentic, Christmas tree coaster for all kinds of beverages, hot or cold.
Evergreens, pine and spruces all produce a healthy amount of tree sap, making them ideal for firewood. The excessive sap and creosote makes the wood best burned for outdoor fires, as the wood is highly flammable. A quick and easy way to save yourself a trip to the store for those outdoor bonfires.
Critters above the water can make a habitat of your tree as well! Simply place your tree outside, hang a few bird feeders, and watch as your tree turns into a real bird sanctuary. You might even get lucky, and find the Tennessee state bird, the Northern Mockingbird, take refuge in your new bird home.