5 steps to taking down your real Christmas tree without a pine needle trail through your house!

5 steps to taking your christmas tree down without making a mess

5 steps to taking down your real Christmas tree without a pine needle trail through your house!

Step One – Use secateurs to cut all branches from the top down

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Obviously take your decorations and lights off the tree first :). Then carefully use secateurs or garden shears to cut each branch starting at the top and working your way to the chunkier branches at the bottom.

Step Two – Put all of the branches in a bag – we used Ikea

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Ikea bags are great for this as they don’t tear and let the pesky needles escape. Do this as you go along is easier than picking them all up at the end!

Step Three – Pick up all the small branches so that you don’t clog your vacuum

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This is an important step as some of the smaller branches disguise themselves well as just pine needles but as soon as you start to vacuum will clog up your cleaner and make it very hard to finish the job you started.

Step Four – Vacuum up the pine needles

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Make sure you vacuum up all of the pine needles so that they’re not sticking in your feet for weeks afterwards and always change the vacuum bag once you have finished vacuuming.

Step Five – Saw up the main branch and take to a recycling station

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Lastly, use a saw to cut the main branch into sections that will easily fit in your bags and take them to a recycling station. If you don’t know where to go to do this it’s a good idea to check your local council website as they usually list them at this time of year.

Happy chopping!

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