University of Nevada, Reno Extension is encouraging residents to recycle their live Christmas trees after the holidays. The Pahrump Master Gardeners are hosting their annual Live-Cut Tree Recycling Program from Dec. 25, 2020 to Jan. 15, 2021.
"Recycling live-cut trees to shred and use as mulch keeps them from taking up valuable space in our landfill and benefits our soils in many ways,” Master Gardener Coordinator Heather Freeman said. “Mulching in general conserves water use, protects the roots of plants from extreme temperatures, adds nutrients back into the soil and reduces the overgrowth of weeds.”
Donated trees will be chipped and used for mulch in the Desert Demonstration Garden. All decorations, including tinsel, must be removed, and artificial trees will not be accepted. The public can drop off plain, undecorated live-cut trees to the Extension office in Pahrump at 1651 E. Calvada Blvd. at the south end of the parking lot inside the wooden gate behind the Little Free Library.
The program is a partnership between the Southern Nye County Extension Master Gardeners, Valley Electric Association and Layton’s Tree Service. For more information, visit the Live-Cut Tree Recycling Program event website or email Freeman. To learn more about the benefits of mulch, see Extension Social Horticulture Specialist Angela O'Callaghan’s publication “Mulches for Nevada Landscapes.”