Get Eco-Centric With Your Christmas Tree

Give your old tree new life as garden mulch.

I know it seems like only a couple of days ago you were hunting for the perfect Christmas tree to adorn your living room. I, for one, dragged my husband and kids to 5 different Valley tree lots before coming upon this year's tree at Santa and Sons.  Now Christmas is over, the recycling bin is overflowing with cardboard boxes and wrapping paper, and well, the tree is looking a bit droopy.  Before you wait too long and spend the remainder of the winter vacuuming up pine needles, make plans to recycle your tree.  You have a couple of different options, and the collected trees will be recycled into compost and mulch, which is good for the garden!

The City of LA Bureau of Sanitation has a curbside collection program for Christmas trees for both single family homes and multi-family dwellings.  You can use your green waste bin as long as the tree fits inside.  Unless you have a mini tree, you'll probably need to cut up the tree into several pieces to get it to fit.  My husband uses this as an opportunity to teach the kids how to use a hack saw. If the tree is too big or you don't have a green bin (or a saw), simply put the tree out on the curb for pick up on your next regular trash collection day. Be sure to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel and the tree stand before before putting the tree out.

If you feel like taking your tree for another ride on the top of your car, tie it on tight (no need to cause  a SigAlert on the 101) and take it to one of the designated Park & Recreation or Fire Station drop off sites on Sunday, January 8, 2012 between 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m..  This is a one-day ONLY drop off event.  For more info on tree recycling or to find the closest drop off site, check out

You'll probably still be vacuuming pine needles for awhile, but let's face it - vacuuming is great exercise for those who were "overserved" this holiday season!

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Welcome to my Eden Condensed blog. I hope to offer you ideas, inspiration and advice on gardening in The Valley. I am a recovering human resources executive, urban farmer, hen keeper and owner of Eden Condensed, small space garden design.  I have had a life long love of growing things, and I believe that anyone can have a ‘green thumb’ with a little encouragement. I specialize in organic kitchen gardens, custom gardens for small spaces like patios, decks and small yards and hen keeping advice. I live in Valley Village, CA with my (very) tolerant husband, two amazing boys, four cats and 5 chickens. You can find me at or on Facebook at




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