Sales of real Christmas trees “are booming as pandemic-weary Americans seek solace,” said a recent headline in the New York Times.
That’s good news for Christmas tree growers, like these in Ohio. But in the interest of recycling and reducing solid waste, what are some good green options to do with a Christmas tree after Christmas?
“Over the past few months, I’ve come to believe that one of the great challenges for organizations and leaders, and maybe just people, is sparking a powerful sense of optimism again.”
That’s Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES, speaking in an end-of-year message to all of us—to CFAES’ students, staff, faculty, supporters, and friends.
There is a sense of optimism in CFAES, even in the face of this devastating pandemic, and it comes from working together, seeking solutions, serving others, and sustaining life.
Here’s a pro tip: If you’re planning to decorate and later plant a live balled-and-burlapped Christmas tree, dig the hole ahead of time before the ground freezes hard. That means, in Ohio, you can do that as soon as right now.
Another option: Make a pile of leaves or straw in the spot where you want to plant your tree. Doing that can keep the ground from freezing—and the hole from filling with water—before you plant.
Want more pro tips? Watch this video by Paul Snyder of CFAES’ Secrest Arboretum. It’s an easy-to-follow 10-minute how-to on what to do.