You’ve decorated your home for the holiday with live greens and a gorgeous tree, but their usefulness doesn’t need to end with the holidays. The Growing Place offers these simple and practical ideas for re-purposing your evergreen trees, holiday wreaths and boughs.
Trees for the Birds
After the holidays, place your cut tree in the garden as a shelter for birds. Choose a back corner or out of the way place and birds will welcome the additional shelter from winter weather and predators. Or, stake it upright, add a bird feeder in or under the tree and a heated bird bath nearby and you’ve created a backyard bird sanctuary. Come spring the tree can be cut up and added to the compost pile.
Re-purpose your evergreen boughs to easily create a natural winter look you’ll enjoy until spring. Instead of leaving large expanses of mulched beds where last year’s annuals were planted, spruce up your beds, especially around your entranceways, with a layer of evergreen boughs. Mix and match different kinds for a richer look and perhaps add some red or yellow twig dogwood stems or a birch log for a little bit of color.
The holidays may be over, but your live greens and trees can keep on giving.
Posted on 12/31/2014 at 6:00:00 PM