How to repurpose your Christmas tree

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- You spent hours decorating your tree, and now Christmas is over.

If you haven't gotten rid of your tree, consider keeping it around a little bit longer.

Experts say you can cut the branches off the tree, lay them in your garden and they will protect tender plants.

Also, consider talking to a local farm.

Some farmers will put old Christmas trees in ponds on their land to serve as shelter for fish.

Jack Stirewalt, with Waynesboro Landscape and Garden in Virginia, said his favorite use is for the birds.

"Hang suet from the tree branches out in your yard, and feed the song birds. So that would be fun to make that sound all sweet and loving," he said.

You can also use peanut butter to attract and feed the birds.

If you want to go ahead and dispose of your tree, see if your area offers free tree recycling. Many places in the area do.

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