Mulch – the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Mark Peterson

The decorations and lights have been taken down and the eggnog has been drunk. Now, what to do with the tree? Why not make mulch from it?

Christmas trees can be re-used for many purposes: erosion control, fish habitat and, most importantly, mulch. Pine mulch is an excellent source of nutrients and organic matter, and for us in South Texas, provides the added benefit of slightly acidifying the soil.

The City of San Antonio is once again offering to recycle your tree into nutrient-rich mulch. Just bring it to one of 17 drop-off locations throughout the city from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 10, 11, 17 and 18.

Can’t make the drop-off dates? Bitters Brush Recycling Center, 1800 E. Bitters Rd. and Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling Center, 8963 Nelson Rd. will accept Christmas trees for free throughout the month of January. Mulch will be available for free while supplies last.

For more information, visit sanantonio.gov/swmd or call 3-1-1.

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