What can you do with that needle-dropping Christmas Tree now that the big day is over? Give it to the birds!

A great way to extend the life of your (costly) cut tree is to place it outside where it can provide shelter for birds and other wildlife during the cold and windy winter months.

Cut evergreen trees will hold on to their needles long enough to help block wind, snow and rain for songbirds. Not to mention, they also provide them with camouflage cover from hungry predators. This is especially important in landscapes with mostly deciduous trees and shrubs which are bare this time of year.

You can lay the undecorated tree in your garden. Place it in an area where it will not roll around when the winter winds whip up. Or, you can stand the tree up and secure it with twine to a nearby tree trunk or fence, so that it looks like a live tree and will not roll on roosting songbirds during bad weather conditions.

Once Spring comes, you can choose to compost the tree or add it to your habitat pile. This practice will help keep trees and tree (plastic) bags out of the landfill, while also providing eco-services to our feathered & other friends.

Let us know if you give this a try. Mine is going out soon.

Happy winter gardening!