Keep your Christmas tree in tip-top shape by following these basic rules:
- Choose a tree that has pliable green needles that hold firmly to the branches.
- Make a fresh cut 1-2 inches above the old cut when you set the tree up.
- Use a tree stand with a reservoir that holds at least a gallon of water.
- Check the water level daily and don’t let the tree run out of water.
- Keep the tree away from drafts, register vents, and any sort of heat or open flame.
- Turn off Christmas tree lights when you leave home or go to bed.
Your Christmas tree can have a new life after the holidays as well. Remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, and decorations and then:
- If you have a chipper/shredder, your Christmas tree can become a part of your compost pile.
- Reach out to local animal rescues such as Possumwood Acres who use Christmas trees to provide habitat and environmental enrichment in their animal enclosures.
- Some coastal communities collect and use Christmas trees for their dune building programs.
Onslow County Solid Waste Department accepts real Christmas trees at some of their convenience sites including: Folkstone, Swansboro, and the Onslow County Landfill.