By Patte Smith
The dry Colorado air has likely taken its toll on your Christmas tree, and taking it down sooner rather than later is the safest bet. Whether putting your tree curbside or taking it to recycle, here are some tips to follow:
Please remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel, garland, plastic wrap, tree stands, wire, rope, nails, etc. before disposing of trees. Live trees with artificial snow sprayed on the branches cannot be mulched. Below is a list of drop off locations for tree recycling:
Drop-off time/dates: Anytime December 26 through January 31, 2016.
Fairgrounds Regional Park, 500 Fairgrounds Drive
Centennial Park, 22 North Gilbert Street
Founders Park, 4671 Enderud Road
Metzler Ranch Park, 4175 Trail Boss Road – Mulch is available at the Metzler Ranch Park site from January 15 through March 31 while supplies last
Paintbrush Park, 3492 Meadows Boulevard
Drop-off time/dates: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., December 25 through January 29, 2016.
Salisbury Park (east paved parking lot), 12010 South Motsenbocker Road
Bayou Gulch, 4815 Fox Sparrow Road
Challenger Regional Park, 17299 East Lincoln Avenue – Mulch is available on a self-serve basis on-site while supplies last for the first week in January
Drop-off time/dates: Anytime December 25 through January 15, 2016.
Highland Heritage Regional Park, 9651 South Quebec Street – Mulch is available on a self-serve basis on-site while supplies last
Dad Clark Park, 3385 Asterbrook Circle
Redstone Park, 3280 Redstone Park Circle
Toepfer Park, 9480 Venneford Ranch Road
For more information about holiday tree recycling, call the Town of Castle Rock at 303-814-7444, the Town of Parker at 303-840-9546, the Highlands Ranch Metro District at 303-791-0430 or visit www.douglas.co.us/government/departments/parks-trails-building-grounds/christmas-tree-recycling/.
If you are unable to recycle your tree, most trash removal companies will pick up trees curbside. Check with your individual HOA management companies for specifics.