New Year's Resolutions

January 2015

Factoid January 4, 2015

Reuse Your Christmas Tree For Birds

Photo by Paul Kelly

Twenty-five to thirty million Christmas trees are sold every year. You can reuse your tree to help out our feathered friends by using it to start a brushpile!

Photo by Carla E.V. Porter

How do you do it? Look at the photo above for guidance.

  1. Start with a base of logs, about two to three layers, criss-crossed.
  2. Throw your Christmas tree on top
  3. As you prune shrubs and trees, add branches
  4. Want to pretty it up? Plant climbing vines (flowering or fruiting to help attract birds!) around your brushpile

More Bird-Friendly Yard Advice

You can find more about bird-friendly gardening at our YardMap project.

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Factoid January 4, 2015


  1. What a great idea! As a Music Theory Teacher I love the idea of having our Christmas tree outside my window so I can watch the birds! We live in the country and really work hard to feed the birds and wildlife.


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  2. Gigi says:

    Last year we puzzled the local public works department by asking if it was okay to take some of the Christmas trees from the local recycling pile. We put the trees in our backyard and the birds happily used them. This year we noticed that a neighbor had put their cut tree on the curb for garbage pick-up, so we picked it up and put it in the yard for the birds. I’m sure we are getting a reputation by now! For the holiday, we buy live trees, (with rootballs) and plant them when we are finished with them.

  3. sharon says:

    we’ve been saving trees for yrs now and just leaning them against our privacy fence, when they get really straggly they get cut up. it’s fun in Jan to walk around the neighborhood picking up the trees and people asking what we’re doing – we tell them protection/shelter for birds! there were about 20-30 birds in the trees just the other morning.

  4. AttaSites says:

    yup, save the tree

  5. BinoX says:

    Hope one day tradition to cut off the tree for the christmas eve will become an extinct

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  7. SHARON says:

    we live in the mountains however we still save the trees this way…not only for the birds but other animals need shelter too

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    Yes, Save Tree, Save Earth

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  10. Asad says:

    Everyone is decorating tress in homes, schools, gardens etc. Let’s promise to ourselves that if we cut or decorate a Christmas tree we will plant one tree.

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  14. Micah says:

    I like this I hope you and I get some nests in our brush pile:)

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