FREMONT – Now that Christmas is over, fresh-tree fans may wonder what to do with their tree.
John Fech, University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension Educator and horticulture expert, says that trees can be put to good use long after the holidays are over. “Think of it as an asset,” recommending that gardeners cut their trees into boughs and lay them over top of tender perennials or other bulb plants that may need a little extra protection from the coming cold.
Fech says other good re-purpose ideas include putting it near your bird feeder as it provides shelter and protection for birds. If you have a pond, cut it into pieces and put it in the water to give fish a place to hide. If you like crafts, use the branches for wreaths and garland to keep the season going throughout the winter.
And of course, if none of those options appeal to you, tree recycling centers are set up throughout the state of Nebraska. In Fremont, recyclable trees can be dropped off in the Lenihan parking lot on the east side of 9th & Broad Street, across from the City Auditorium. Make sure to remove all wire and ornaments. These collected trees will be turned into mulch for the Fremont parks system. Trees will be collected from December 26th through January 7th.