After Christmas, when your tree has served a charming tradition, your tree can have an afterlife as protection for the wildlife.
Here, at Helen’s Haven, we put our tree in the Mixed Border to go form hanging glitzy ornaments inside to tweet treats outside.
- Making Tweet Treats: Gather the kids, birdseed, cranberries, bagels, peanut butter and string. Spend a couple hours creating treats for your birds
Detail of Lily's tweet treat
Other “ornaments” to hang include orange halves, popcorn garland, and suet balls.
When the birds come to the tree for tweets, they will also find cover. Whether the tree is upright in the yard or lain on its side, the birds will enjoy a quick escape from prey and the elements. Christmas trees provide cover as a whole tree or with the side limbs snipped away and piled for a wildlife brush pile.
A tree erected downwind of the prevailing wind can offer your bird friends some protection from the cold, desiccating winds.
Come spring when the foliage returns, winds settle down, and natural food sources abound, your tree can be chipped and turned into mulch for the garden or material to delineate paths.
A Christmas tree’s afterlife will be the birds winter delight!
Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her business Gardening with Confidence™
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