What to do with a Christmas tree after the New Year holidays: interesting ideas

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Christmas tree

A Christmas tree is a constant attribute of the Christmas and New Year holidays. The easiest and most economical option is to buy an artificial tree. It's no hassle at all: disassemble, assemble, and store until next year.

However, if you prefer a live tree and the smell of pine needles, you may face problems after the New Year holidays. OBOZ.UA tells you what to do with a Christmas tree after the holidays and what life hacks will be useful for its disposal.

Live Christmas trees in pots

The ecological tradition of buying small potted Christmas trees is gaining popularity. After the holidays, the trees can be planted in the ground, but you should wait for the ground to thaw. It is important to monitor the root system - if it has grown too much, the tree should be temporarily transplanted into a larger container.

The Christmas tree does not need to be watered often - in winter, this coniferous tree "sleeps", and excessive moisture can lead to rotting.

What to do with a live Christmas tree

If you have purchased a live cut Christmas tree, you cannot simply throw it in the trash or leave it next to a container on the sidewalk. An improperly disposed of tree will end up in a landfill, where it will not be able to decompose naturally. In fact, the tree will rot along with other garbage and emit harmful methane.

The tree should be taken to special recycling centers. There it will be chopped into wood chips. Small branches will be a useful fertilizer for young plantings. In addition, pine needles are a source of vitamin C and other nutrients for cows, goats, bison, camels in zoos, etc.

You can also sprinkle the soil in the garden with fir needles, which will also be a high-quality fertilizer.

Pine needles are also used in cosmetics - they are used to make soap or even for aromatherapy sessions.

Life hack for making soap

The necessary ingredients:

  • glycerin
  • chopped pine needles;
  • peach seed oil;
  • essential oils to enhance the flavor.

Step 1. Grind the pine needles in a coffee grinder or blender. Next, take the soap base and melt it for 2-3 minutes.

Step 2. Add 2-3 drops of glycerin to the soap base, which has a moisturizing effect.

Step 3. For soft and silky skin, add peach kernel oil. It can be purchased at pharmacies and cosmetic stores.

Step 4. Now add the pine needles and mix thoroughly. For a better flavor, you can sprinkle a little of your favorite essential oil.

Step 5. At the last stage, pour the mixture into molds and wait 30 minutes - and the soap is ready.

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