At the end of the Christmas season you have a few options as to what to do with your Christmas tree.
Real trees will need to be removed from your home once they become dry to avoid a fire hazard. Be sure to remove all tinsel and ornaments. Do not burn your tree in a wood burner or in a fireplace. You can use a community pick-up service or bring your tree to a recycling center.
You might want to consider putting your tree in your backyard to provide a habitat for birds or other small animals. Some people turn their precut Christmas trees into backyard bird feeders for the winter. They hang up pinecones rolled in peanut butter, suet balls, seedcakes and garland made of threaded peanuts and then they enjoy watching birds and squirrels feasting during snowy days. For more gardening tips, go online to www.cceoneida.com or call the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County horticulture hotline at 315-736-3394, ext. 127.
Diane Jecen is a master gardener volunteer trainee with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County. Look for more gardening tips in the Times Telegram or online at www.cceoneida.com.