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Recycle Christmas trees after the holidays

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Recycled Christmas trees can be used for mulch, soil erosion barriers, fish and bird feeders as well as for hiking trails, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

The Flower Mound Parks and Recreation Division is offering free Christmas tree recycling from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 5 at Gerault Park, 1200 Gerault Road.

The recycling program at 1200 Gerault Road will be offered to residents only, and will not be available to commercial Christmas tree businesses.

Trees cannot be flocked, and must have all the nails and decorations removed as well. Lumber and trash will not be allowed.

Residents who would like mulch are encouraged to bring their own containers. For more information, call 972-874-PARK (7275).

In Highland Village, residents can drop off Christmas trees at Unity Park, 2200 Briarhill Boulevard during the day from Saturday through Jan. 2.

All decorations should be removed. Trees should be dropped off in the Kids Kastle parking lot.

Trees are used in lakes and river shorelines to prevent soil erosion.

They also can be sunk in lakes or private fish ponds for a refuge and feeding area for fish.

Trees can be placed in a garden or backyard, strung with fresh orange slices or popcorn to serve as bird feeders. Shredded trees are used in some communities as material for hiking paths.

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