Don’t wait until your tree has dried out before removing it. As they dry out, trees become more likely to become fire hazards. First, remove the tree stand, tree skirt, ornaments, garlands and lights before disposing of your live Christmas tree. Have a bucket or other large container nearby to dump water that may have collected in the tree stand.
Next, use a large, plastic tree bag, bed sheet or blanket to cover and wrap around the tree before removing it from your home. This will help keeps needles and sap from making a mess on your floors.
Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource providing benefits to the environment. The plantation-grown Holiday trees decompose in landfills and quickly replenish soil nutrients. There is also a growing trend of recycling Christmas trees where the trees are turned into mulch for gardens and other uses.