Controlling Christmas Tree Debris

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Tired of those flying Christmas tree needles? Control them by wrapping your tree in a fitted sheet. Before we bring our tree inside we first spray our tree with a hose to wash the dust and bugs off. Let it dry sitting in a bucket of water. Then we lay it on a fitted sheet, roll it and the sheet together wrapping the sheet around the tree, secure it with clothspins.


Now we can take it stump end first into the house without it shooting needles everywhere. We also spread a flat sheet on the floor under our tree holder or in our case a 5 gallon bucket of sand since we cut our own tree.

While we still have the fitted sheet around the tree, we get it set in the bucket or holder without get poked, thanks to the sheet. Then remove the sheet and decorate. By having the flat sheet spread out on the floor it catches anything we would knock off while decorating and before we spread out the skirt we just bunch the sheet up around the tree holder or bucket.

When we take the tree down, we just pull the tree out of the holder, and wrap the tree in the flat sheet; out the door we go without a mess again. Works wonderful. No more needles in the carpet!


By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE

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December 12, 20090 found this helpful

What a great idea! I'd give this one a 10+. Thanks for sharing.

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November 29, 20100 found this helpful

Please give a gift to the Earth & your family at Christmas and buy a living tree. After the holidays, you can plant it on your land, put into a larger planter for next years Christmas or give it a local park for planting. You won't have nearly the tree debris to worry about, they smell good, clean your household air, aren't as fire hazardous.


The knowledge you having something alive, instead of dead in your home, should give you, your family & guests, very good feelings about the season of living and giving. Merry Loving Holidays!

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