PESTS & WILDLIFE — Reuse Your Fresh Cut Christmas Tree for Wildlife

(Photo by Mary Jane Frogge, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County)
(Photo by Mary Jane Frogge, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County)

After the holidays, take your fresh cut Christmas tree outside and prop it up and tie it securely against a post or fence. Your Christmas tree will provide winter protection for birds.

If you feed the birds, position the tree several feet from the feeders. You want to make sure the tree isn’t too close or predators, like neighborhood cats, could use it to prey on the birds.

Enlist the help of your children or grandchildren to make homemade fruit and nut garland and pinecones rolled in suet on the tree. Be sure to hang your garland and suet pinecones out of the reach of pets.

—Soni Cochran, Extension Associate