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Recycling Trees for Profit

When the Christmas festivity is over, the Christmas tree standing in a corner looks like its taking it up too much space and we all want to take it out of the house as soon as possible. While most of us do not really care about what is going to happen to that tree, there are some who just dump it in the waste bin without a single thought. This is why, in the next few weeks following the Christmas season, you can see the dump trucks carrying hundreds of trees in a single day. But is it the best way to dispose off of your Christmas tree? Actually, there is a smarter way – you can recycle the Christmas tree and help it turn into something useful like mulch, fish or bird feeder. And if your tree still has its roots intact, then you can even plant it back into the ground.

Thuja-Green-GiantIf you are living in the US, then you can always help the nature a little by recycling your trees – not only the Christmas tree but other popular US trees as well. There are many such trees which can give you wood for furniture, fire wood, mulch for your garden, herbs and more. All trees have their different uses and consequently their recycling is also different. For example, an oak tree can be recycled into a nice piece of furniture while a eucalyptus tree can be used for its herbal therapeutic use. This is why you should consider calling your local tree care organization before chopping a tree into firewood. A tree in an “as is” state has more value in the market, than when it is sold for fire wood. Before you pick up your chain saw or ax to work on a fallen tree, you should read more about how different popular US trees can be used.

Hardwood trees: The hardwood trees constitute a large number of tree species. In general, hardwood trees are the botanical group of trees that have large, broad leaves, produce some sort of nuts and they go dormant in the winters. In the US, there are hundreds of different hardwood tree species in the forest area as well as in the human inhabited zones. The oak, maple and cherry trees are some fine examples of hardwood trees. The great fact about hardwood trees is that they produce lumber quality wood. In other words, these trees can easily be recycled into wood needed for building material and construction. Some of the hardwood trees, if they are in very good quality, can also be used to make furniture.

Herbal and therapeutic trees: It is a common misconception that all the herbal trees are small shrubs or bushes. But on the contrary, many of the herbals trees are fully grown, tall, mature trees that you can climb upon and make a tree house. Cedar trees, for example, are used to produce cedar tea from its wood – making it very easy to recycle them into high quality tea. Cedar wood can also be used as incense. Eucalyptus trees are also used for their therapeutic benefits and are full of eucalyptus oil that is sold at high price in the market. If you have a eucalyptus tree to be recycled, then you might want to contact your local herbal medicine manufacturer first.

Persimmon trees: The persimmon trees give delicious persimmon fruits in their bearing years. As soon as they grow to the age of three years, they start producing persimmons which you can relish almost everyday. But when their bearing days are over and they are no longer giving any fruits, you may want to plant new trees in their place. Good news is that wood from the persimmon trees is highly valuable as it is used to make high quality wooden golf clubs. This is why in Tennessee, where the golf clubs are manufactured, the persimmon trees are sold at very high prices. You can certainly have your old persimmon tree recycled into golf clubs and make some profit out of it.

Christmas trees: Christmas trees are usually either fir trees or pine trees. Both of these trees have little or no value for the sawmill, furniture or in lumber. But if you have a wood chipper, then you can easily turn it into mulch for your garden. This mulch is biodegradable and acts as a very good natural nourishment for your garden soil. In addition, this mulch can also prevent soil erosion during heavy rains. These trees can also be used as fish feeders when sunk into private fish ponds. If you have large garden or backyard, then you can also use these trees as bird feeders for some time.

Trees for sawmill: Before you turn a fallen or otherwise unwanted tree into firewood, you should contact your local sawmill and see if they have any requirements for the type of popular US trees that you have. In general, they accept all types of trees – even the ones that you cannot identify and are growing in the streets. The sawmills have high demands for trees like walnut, butternut, ash, oaks, cherry, maples, elms, cedar, sycamore and cherry. But the gum trees are generally not wanted.

Every tree that you recycle from the urban area guarantees that one less tree is going to be cut down from the forests. You should strive hard to prevent good quality wood from being turned into firewood or mulch, and instead put it to a much better use. If you do not know where to contact the saw-millers, carpenter or wood crafts person, then you can always ask around or contact your municipality. Some tree care organizations and ecology activists can also help you find the right person. Besides the commercial buyers, many hobbyists and crafts-persons are also willing to take a look at your tree and see if it can be turned into a piece of art. You will be amazed to see that some of the spalted logs (having random black lines because of fungal decay) are highly desired and are sold at handsome prices when turned into a finished art project.

References:

http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/tps/recycle/recycling_trees.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persimmon#Wood
http://www.realchristmastrees.org/dnn/AllAboutTrees/HowtoRecycle.aspx
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http://www.thetreecenter.com