Many people have their trees taken down for various reasons - sometimes because they are too old, sometimes because they need more space, sometimes simply because someone else has more space and wants to fill in space. When this happens, there is nothing wrong with getting the tree recycled. While it may not be as pretty as it was before, your family will still get a nice looking tree that you can all enjoy for years to come. Here are a few ideas on how to take care of it when it is recycled.
Before you throw out your tree, take out all ornaments, wires, or tinsel. You do not want to just throw these away if you are recycling the old tree, or otherwise recycling it. These things are easily recognizable, and you could end up with a huge mess. Instead, take them out and store them in a safe place where you can easily find them. You should also be sure to keep a small amount of them so that you can still remember your child's or spouse's names while they are still sitting in their tree!
If the tree is older, chances are you will have to use the same methods as if it were new, though if it is a particularly large tree you will probably have to hire a tree removal service. The first thing you need to do is make sure that you remove all the branches. Remove any sharp branches that you will not use for decoration, or even to break off.
Once all the branches are gone, you can start to clean up any tree debris. If you use gloves, you will have a little more leeway. If you are using your bare hands, wear heavy shoes, and wear safety glasses, you are less likely to accidentally hurt yourself by accident. Take a couple of tweezers with you, or at least have a few of them around, so that you can easily trim away the excess tree limbs and leaves that you might have overlooked.
The next step is to check all the lights that are attached to the tree. Replace them with new ones and light the tree. Make sure that the lights are not on for more than 2 hours. If they are, cut off the lights and replace them with new ones. If the lights are on longer than that, you could end up leaving out more light than is necessary, so that it does not overheat the tree or your house!
The last step is to wrap the tree in tape, wrap it in plastic, or anything else you can find that will keep it sealed tight so that it does not leak or allow any heat to escape. This will keep the tree cool during the winter and help it last a lot longer. Be sure that you use a sealant around any windows or doors that will be left open while the tree is not in use. After all that is done, you can safely place your tree inside and put your Christmas decorations back on.
As you are reattaching the branches back to the tree, you will want to take out any knots, cracks, or damage. To fix the problem, apply glue to the joint. Use a bit of the same glue, and let it dry completely before applying it to the broken area. Take the excess glue and put it away from the joint and use it again as you reattach it. on the remaining joint that you did not get on the first time.
This is one of the simplest steps involved when it comes to tree removal. It is much better to be safe than sorry when it comes to tree repair and maintenance. You will never regret the amount of time, money, and effort you put into this simple task when you take a little time and make a little effort to get it right the first time.