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(Mother Nature Network)   Sure, you could just toss out your Christmas tree when you're done with it. Or you could use it to restore a dune, amuse a cat, or start a fire   (mnn.com) divider line 18
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2013-12-11 09:38:24 AM  
I sink mine in a pond that has little natural cover.  Really improves fishing.

Last year, I caught fish right around the tree that had been in the water for all of 30 minutes.
 
2013-12-11 09:53:43 AM  
We cut ours up and have have a bonfire in the spring or summer.
 
2013-12-11 09:54:33 AM  

i.r.id10t: I sink mine in a pond that has little natural cover.  Really improves fishing.

Last year, I caught fish right around the tree that had been in the water for all of 30 minutes.


They used to have a program where some one would pick up your tree and dump along the gulf to help rebuild the coastal wetlands.
 
2013-12-11 09:58:35 AM  
Throwing stuff out. It's the 'mericun way. You some sort of Commie, Subby?
 
2013-12-11 10:02:40 AM  
Could i use it to amuse a dunecat that's on fire?
 
2013-12-11 10:03:41 AM  
Compostable stuff composts.  Doesn't really matter how you dispose of it.  What's the worst that will happen, all the trees will enrich the soil at a landfill?  I thought burning it was actually kind of irresponsible option from a hippie standpoint.  I can only imagine this article was written by one of Mother Joneses unpaid interns working below minimum wage.
 
2013-12-11 10:04:47 AM  
The local landfill just grinds them up and and gives away free mulch.

Cool Xmas tree story though... I once rented a house out in the middle of rural nowhere, and one snowy december morning was having breakfast when a truck drove up, a family got out, and started sawing down a pine tree in the front yard. And then 5 more cars showed up and did the same.... And then more... This went on all day. I finally walked out to the shed in the front yard which I had never visited and found a big woodsaw and a coffee can full of $20 bills.

As it turns out, the landlord's family had been selling xmas trees for generations, completely on the honor system. They just didn't bother telling me!
 
2013-12-11 10:09:36 AM  
I was in the "Start a Fire" part of that for years. We used to burn the previous years Christmas tree on Christmas and throw all the wrapping paper in the fire then run outside and watch the smoke turn colors. Was really fun, still is but sadly, we have a plastic tree now.
 
2013-12-11 10:09:50 AM  
Start a fire huh huh huh
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2013-12-11 10:53:02 AM  
We typically take ours (and any we happen to find laying out for the trash guy to pick up) out to the desert and have a rather large and swift burning fire on New Years Eve....

/last year some other campers had 108 trees in a pile and lit it off.....it was AWESOME!!  We were a good 200 yards away and probably 100 feet above the fire up on a hill and could feel the heat...
 
2013-12-11 10:56:54 AM  
Dune Cat?

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2013-12-11 11:06:03 AM  
 This is the only real dune cat....

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2013-12-11 11:15:05 AM  
This is America people, why don't we have a tree cannon competition? It would be challenging to figure out the mixture between lame shot and tree shattering.
 
2013-12-11 11:19:15 AM  
We have an annual post-holiday christmas tree bonfire. It is excellent.

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2013-12-11 11:34:05 AM  
In Corpus Christi we take ours out to Padre Island and they pile them up to aid in restoring sand edunes.
 
2013-12-11 12:58:05 PM  

Ker_Thwap: Compostable stuff composts.  Doesn't really matter how you dispose of it.  What's the worst that will happen, all the trees will enrich the soil at a landfill?  I thought burning it was actually kind of irresponsible option from a hippie standpoint.  I can only imagine this article was written by one of Mother Joneses unpaid interns working below minimum wage.


Landfills are designed to prevent decay. Water and oxygen are deliberately excluded so that you don't have leachate contaminating groundwater (and the soccer fields you built on top of it suddenly collapsing into sinkholes). Nothing enriches the soil at a landfill. Leachate has to be extracted off and treated as toxic waste.

On the plus side, we're making the jobs of future archaeologists dead easy.
 
2013-12-11 01:42:30 PM  
Everything small enough to run through my teenie tiny chipper/shredder gets added to my garden soil, which is very alkaline and needs the help. The trunks get drilled and plugged with chicken of the woods (Laetiporus conerificola) spawn and piled up under the grape arbor for delicious mushroomy goodness.
 
2013-12-11 03:28:17 PM  
Or you know you could just not cut down a live tree, drag it inside, put it in a pot of water for a few days or weeks and then throw the thing away. Just saying a Christmas tree seems an awful waste. Why don't you go get one of those big cross thingies with a Jesus handing from it, you know one about 6' tall like you have hanging in your church, put some lights on it and then when Christmas is over donate to the Salvation Army.
 
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