Leaving your tree up after Christmas can have serious consequences

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 7:25pm

Now that Christmas is over, your tree is probably shedding its needles and ready to be taken down and out of your home. When your Christmas tree becomes dry, it becomes extremely flammable. Expert landscaper, James Wilhite, gave us the following tips:

Don't keep a tree longer than a month, or two weeks if you're not watering it every day.

Check your needles to test your tree to see how dry it is, if needles quickly fall off, it is definitely time to take your tree down.

Lastly, if you want to keep the tree, take down the lights, they are a huge fire hazard when the tree gets dry.

The City of Tyler Solid Waste Department is providing two locations for Christmas tree recycling in Tyler. Residents can drop off their undecorated, real Christmas trees starting the day after Christmas through January 12 in designated areas at Golden Road Park and Fun Forest Park in Tyler.

Golden Road Park is located at the intersection of McDonald Road and Golden Road. Fun Forest Park is located in the 900 block of North Glenwood Boulevard.

Longview also has two locations: McWhorter Park and Stamper Park. McWhorter Park is located at 1000 Toler Rd. Stamper Park is located at 400 Fair St.


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