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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 04:02 PM

Its Over

There seems to be a mini forest of discarded Christmas trees in my neighborhood - here is one.

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Reply Its Over (Original post)
Johnny Noshoes Jan 2013 OP
alfredo Jan 2013 #1
Sherman A1 Jan 2013 #2
alfredo Jan 2013 #3
RC Jan 2013 #5
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #6
RC Jan 2013 #8
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #9
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #4
Johnny Noshoes Jan 2013 #7
KC Jan 2013 #10
Celebration Jan 2013 #11

Response to Johnny Noshoes (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 04:25 PM

1. We compost old Xmas trees here.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 04:27 PM

2. Our community does as well

just need to drop them in the pile at a couple of the local parks and they are taken to be processed for compost, which we residents can then pick up for use around our homes.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 04:58 PM

3. Here trucks with chippers deal with the "sidewalk" trees.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:43 PM

5. How can you use evergreen trees as compost?

 

Don't the needles inhibit stuff from growing?

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Response to RC (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:26 PM

6. Our city grinds them up for mulch.

In Nome, the old Christmas trees are collected and then placed strategically on the Ice during the Iditarod festivities as the "Nome National Forest." http://nome.nosd.schoolaccess.net/~acsa/nome%20national%20forest/forest.html

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:48 PM

8. You did not answer my question.

 

There is something in the pine needles that prohibit the growth of other plants. So how does that work for mulch?

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Response to RC (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 12:57 AM

9. It doesn't seem to bother the flowers and trees that it's put around.

Alaska has acid soil anyway, so the spruce or fir is just another natural component. Our forests are mulched with spruce.

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Response to Johnny Noshoes (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:33 PM

4. It looks so lonely.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:13 PM

7. It looked like..

It looked like this poor little "Charlie Brown Tree".
I think we used to compost them here in NYC I don't know when that changed. It just seems like such a waste.

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Response to Johnny Noshoes (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:36 AM

10. That was

my first thought too that it reminded me of Charlie Browns tree.

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Response to Johnny Noshoes (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 07:25 PM

11. one of my most profound memories in elementary school

Is my fourth grade teacher reading us Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale about a discarded Christmas tree. It was a DARK fairy tale.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fir-Tree

It obviously made a profound impression on me.

I think of it every time I see a discarded tree, and that was my first thought when I saw your photo.

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