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Keeping your Christmas tree in the backyard is good for environment: Nature Conservancy of Canada

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CALGARY –

For these trying to discover a second act for your Christmas tree, think about simply leaving it in the backyard.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada suggests letting the city wildlife that is half of everybody’s backyard and backyard do the recycling themselves, as a substitute of having the metropolis haul it away.

Leaving a tree in the backyard can present vital habitat for fowl populations throughout the winter months, particularly on chilly nights and through storms, in accordance with the NCC’s nationwide conservation science supervisor, Samantha Knight.

The conservancy calls this observe a small act of conservation.

The course of begins with location: merely prop it towards one other tree, the fence or else lay it in the backyard.

You may even redecorate it with treats to draw wildlife, like peanut butter-filled pine cones,  strings of peanuts, or suet for birds to chew on at the similar time they take shelter in the tree.

“Evergreens offer a safe place for birds to rest while they visit your feeder,” stated Knight. “Another benefit is that if you leave the tree in your garden over the summer, it will continue to provide habitat for wildlife and improve your soil as it decomposes.”

By spring, the tree may have misplaced its needles. At that time, you possibly can minimize the branches and add them to your backyard, then lay the trunk of the tree in the soil however not on high of any flowers.

Leaving a tree in the backyard can present vital habitat for fowl populations throughout the winter months, particularly on chilly nights and through storms.

Branches and trunk present habitat, shelter wildflowers, maintain moisture and improve soil. Frogs could search shelter underneath the log, and bugs, like carpenter bees, could burrow into the wooden.

“By fall, the branches and trunk will begin to decompose and turn into soil,” stated Knight. “Many of our Christmas timber, notably spruce and balsam fir, have very low rot resistance and break down rapidly when uncovered to the components. The extra contact the minimize branches and trunk have with the floor, the faster it should decompose. Drilling holes in the tree trunk will pace up that course of.”