Today's tree is tomorrow's mulch

What happens to the real trees still sitting in lots around town after Christmas? Nate Larson tells us more.

Now that Christmas is over it's time for those Christmas trees to come down.

But what happens to the real trees that never got chosen, the trees still sitting in lots around town?

With all the talk of a shortage of Christmas trees this year across the country, it's a little surprising to find leftover trees in tree lots.

But that doesn't mean they won't find new life in another form.

Several tree farms we visited say it was a decent year for tree sales, but they've all had some leftovers.

"Last year we sold completely out of trees, we had one left, but it was sold, they just never came and picked it up...This year we have roughly 60 left," said Jessica Glaspey, Yard Manager of North End Organic Nursery.

North End Organic Nursery relies on holiday tree sales to keep employees busy during the cold months.

"We do sell quite a few trees, I don't know how big of a profit we make, but it helps keeps employees busy, and employed, which is really important," said Glaspey.

This year, North End could buy their trees in Idaho, ordering over 700 trees.

"We found a farm up in Sandpoint, Idaho, just down the street from the original farm where we got trees from," said Glaspey.

With just 60 trees left, already cut and homeless, now what?

Fortunately, they won't be taking up any space in the landfill.

"We're going to send them to Diamond Street Recycling to chip them there, and then they can sell it as bark or as mulch, usually that's what we do to make sure it gets used as well as possible," said Glaspey.

So, even if a few of these trees didn't get to decorate your home for the season, maybe they have a new purpose as mulch or bark in your yards in the spring.

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