The City of Lakewood will accept live Christmas trees for recycling this holiday season. This program is for individual residents only and is not open to commercial businesses. Trees may be dropped off from Friday, December 28th to Sunday, January 6th between the hours of 7:00 am and dark. The drop off location to recycle your Christmas tree is the Lakewood City Greenhouse, 9556 W. Yale Ave.
Please drop off live trees only! No other landscape waste or tree limbs should be dropped, this is an opportunity to recycle your Christmas tree only. Before you recycle your Christmas tree, make sure to remove all garlands, lights, tinsel, ornaments, nails, bag, netting and tree stand. Leave the trees only in the designated area at the greenhouse. Mulch made from the trees will be available for residents if they would like it for personal use.
Now some may be leery of using fresh wood chip in their gardens or landscaping. Some might feel that using fresh wood chips will rob the soil of needed nitrogen. Actually, a large portion of recent scientific research, and practical experience, has shown that those reservations are unfounded. The conventional wisdom that fresh wood chip mulch results in nitrogen depletion, or that acidic plant products like pine or other conifer barks alter soil pH, have been proven to be nothing more than common gardening myth. The best part of these new revelations? Recycle your Christmas tree and residents of Lakewood can benefit by reusing fresh pine chip mulch in their landscaping. There’s lots of interesting information out there about using fresh pine chips, the iVillage Garden Web is a great place to learn more.
For more information on how to recycle your Christmas tree, please contact the Urban Parks Administration office at 720-963-5240.