Don't trash your Christmas tree — recycle it into nutrient-rich mulch for your garden! There are drop-off locations throughout the city that will be in operation on two separate weekends.In an effort to minimize the amount of landscape debris entering the landfill, the City of San Antonio Solid Waste Management Department is once again providing locations where you can take your Christmas trees to be recycled into mulch.
The sites are located throughout the city and will be in operation on two separate weekends from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2017 Christmas Tree Drop-Off Sites
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Rusty Lyons Sports Complex6300 McCullough78212
Bitters Brush Center 1800 Wurzbach Pkwy78216
Southside Drop-off Center 5450 Castroville Road78227
Southeast District Center7402 S. New Braunfels78223
Northwest District Center 6802 Culebra Road 78238
Northeast District Center10303 Tool Yard78233
Nelson Gardens8963 Nelson Road78252
Eisenhower Park19399 NW Military78257
Stone Oak Park 20395 Stone Oak Pkwy78258
Pine or juniper tree mulch is excellent for both gardens and landscape beds, especially if some needles are included. The needles, bark and woodchips of these trees tend to be acidic in pH, which assists in nutrient cycling within the soil. Plus, there's that wonderful aroma!
If you can't make it to the brush recycling centers, another great option is to use the tree somewhere in your landscape as winter shelter for resident and migrating birds. Simply cut it up into pieces about 2 ½ to 3 feet long and create little teepees or square boxes in the back of your yard. Wildlife will appreciate these snug little homes during the winter and early spring months.
What about a repurpose option? You can accessorize your old Christmas tree with edible and attractive nuts, peanut butter and citrus, place in a corner of the backyard, and then sit back and watch your feathered friends frolic and feast!
Don't let this wonderful landscape asset go to the landfill. Use as much Christmas mulch as possible so you can keep a little Christmas in the yard all year round or provide our feathered and furry friends a little holiday treat
Kelly Ann Cameron