Author: Mark Peterson
In an effort to minimize the amount of landscape debris entering the landfill, the City of San Antonio Solid Waste Management Department is once again providing locations where you can take your Christmas trees to be recycled into mulch.
The sites are located throughout the city and will be in operation on two separate weekends from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
|2017 Christmas Tree Drop-Off Sites
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|Rusty Lyons Sports Complex||6300 McCullough||78212|
|Bitters Brush Center||1800 Wurzbach Pkwy||78216|
|Southside Drop-off Center||5450 Castroville Road||78227|
|Southeast District Center||7402 S. New Braunfels||78223|
|Northwest District Center||6802 Culebra Road||78238|
|Northeast District Center||10303 Tool Yard||78233|
|Nelson Gardens||8963 Nelson Road||78252|
|Eisenhower Park||19399 NW Military||78257|
|Stone Oak Park||20395 Stone Oak Pkwy||78258|
Pine or juniper tree mulch is excellent for both gardens and landscape beds, especially if some needles are included. The needles, bark and woodchips of these trees tend to be acidic in pH, which assists in nutrient cycling within the soil. Plus, there's that wonderful aroma!
If you can't make it to the brush recycling centers, another great option is to use the tree somewhere in your landscape as winter shelter for resident and migrating birds. Simply cut it up into pieces about 2 ½ to 3 feet long and create little teepees or square boxes in the back of your yard. Wildlife will appreciate these snug little homes during the winter and early spring months.
What about a repurpose option? You can accessorize your old Christmas tree with edible and attractive nuts, peanut butter and citrus, place in a corner of the backyard, and then sit back and watch your feathered friends frolic and feast!
Don't let this wonderful landscape asset go to the landfill. Use as much Christmas mulch as possible so you can keep a little Christmas in the yard all year round or provide our feathered and furry friends a little holiday treat.
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Mark A. Peterson is a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System. With over 30 years of experience as an urban forester and arborist, Mark is probably the only person you know who actually prunes trees for fun. When not expounding on the benefits of trees and limited lawns, you’re likely to find him hiking San Antonio’s wilderness parks or expounding on the virtues of geography and history to his friends.
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