Well, here’s the answer, and it’s an environmentally correct one. There are thousands of programs throughout the Country that compost Christmas trees. Check with your City or County to find the specifics.
Over 30 million trees are sold per year at Christmas according to the National Christmas Association, (yes, there is a group known as this), and for those sold, and those not, it is refreshing to know they have an afterlife, pardon the pun.
If you still wish to compost your tree at home, cut the branches into small pieces for quicker disintegration, and shred the bark into sawdust then add the vegetable, fruit, and other compost items on top. Of late have found on garden tours that more and more folk are using pine needles in lieu of bark chips. They are easier to haul, cheaper, nutritious for the garden, and do the same duty – rid those ghastly weeds.
And for those who have vast lands, and wish to get a federal credit, Auntie Google has an idea,
Do you have to file taxes on a Christmas Tree Farm?
- If the trees are greater than six years when harversted, they are considered timber in the tax code. Follow the IRS code Section 631 because a Christmas tree farm is considered a business. Christmas tree farms do not qualify for the reforestation tax credit. Offer hayrides as an additional service to patrons.
Something even more fun, and easier than all described, annually buy a 12 inch potted tree with roots and watch it grow.
Kids love this, and decorate annually.