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Composting demonstrated

Christmas treeDon’t bin your Christmas Tree!

Christmas tree branches provide invaluable plant supports in the garden.  Snip the branches as close to the trunk as possible and store them upright.  When the needles have dropped, you’re left with a range of different sized supports.

The large branches at the base make ideal pea sticks and will support the larger flowers at the back of the herbaceous border.  Place the sticks in the ground early in the season, before the plants need them.  The flowers will cover and  completely conceal the branches.

Use the small and medium-sized branches in a similar way.  The small ones can be used for tiny pea seedlings and will prevent birds from ripping them out of the ground.

The medium and large branches can also be used as ‘cloches’ for fleece and enviromesh and you can grow a couple of sweet peas up the tree’s trunk.

Don’t throw out all these free gifts – buy some more plants at the garden centre rather than cloches and plant supports.  Recycling can save you money as well as being good for the environment.

Composting
All conifer branches, including those from Christmas trees or other decorations, take several years to break down in a home compost bin because of the resins they contain.
Holly and ivy are quicker and should be gone within 2 years unless the stalks are very woody and thick.

Shredding
Christmas tree branches can be shredded, though you will need to cut up the tree in to suitable sized pieces. The shreddings make a good mulch especially for plants that prefer acid conditions.
Do not try to shred ivy as it will wind round the cutters and block the machine.

Christmas decorations can also be put in to a Dead Hedge.