March 12, 2007
My youngest son is insistent that Christmas isn’t Christmas without a real Christmas tree. That’s fine since he will take it upon himself to choose the tree, bring it home and even set it up and decorate it.
Once the tree has served its purpose for the holiday season, I’ll take it outside somewhere and use it as a landing spot for a bird feeder. By March, it is usually starting to turn brown, but at least it’s gotten an extra three months of use. After that, I’ll take it into the edge of the woods (more like overgrown brush, etc) along the fence line to let it serve another few months as cover for the rabbits and other wildlife that tend to inhabit the edges of the hayfield.
I’m not sure, though, if I should encourage the rabbits. My poor dwarf burning bush (Euonymus alata compacta) has always been a dwarf. In ten years, it has never grown past the 2 ft. high mark. Every summer it manages to get a little higher, only to be chewed back each winter by the rabbits. I’m sure that burning bush is their favourite winter snack. They do munch on some of my regular evergreen euonymus and spireas but they usually don’t mind the trimming.
This winter the willows have bent over due to the ice storm earlier this year. The rabbits have been nibbling on the bark. Willows - I don’t mind if they want willows. I cut some willows down to the ground about four years ago and those willows by the end of last summer they were over thirty feet high.
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