As President of FLPA, Ted Kozlowski brings to the organization his skills and background including; an AAS Degree in Conservation ( 1976 -SUNY Cobleskill), BS Natural Resource Management -Forestry  (1979 -Rutgers University).
Four years as a NYSDEC Forester on Long Island (1979 -1984), 36 Years (1984 -2020) as Westchester County Forester and Manager of Lasdon Park, Arboretum & Veterans Memorial.  Certified Forester by the Society of American Foresters, Certified Watershed Forester by the NYC Watershed Program, Certified Pesticide Applicator -Forest & Ornamentals, Certified Wetland Delineator (Rutgers University).
Presently serves as the Environmental Conservation Inspector for the Town of Patterson, performs private forestry and wetland consulting and volunteers as the President of the Friends of Lasdon Park & Arboretum.

The After Christmas Tree

I hope you all had a safe and happy Christmas day.  The season came fast and soon it will be time to take the Christmas tree down.  It’s a sad sight to see the center of your celebration to be discarded at the curbside after the Holiday season so here is some good things you can do with the tree (as well as the greens from wreaths and roping):

  1. If you feed the birds, try positioning the tree near the feeder. It will make a safe and protected haven for birds during stormy conditions (I have seen old tinsel left on a tree that was used by a bird to make a nest in springtime).  You can add suet cakes and peanut butter rubbed on cones for additional bird feeding opportunities.
  2. You can cut all the limbs off and use them for winter protection of tender garden plants.
  3. The main stem can be used for a planting stake or dry it for your fire pit.
  4. Check with your local Town to see if they have a community tree chipping day where you can recycle your tree into wonderfully smelling mulch.
  5. Beach communities can use the entire tree to stabilize sand dunes.
  6. Dried cut limbs and wreath greens make great fire starters for outdoor fire pits.
  7. Some folks collect fallen needles to make small fragrant sachets or pillows.
  8. If your tree had cones, let the wildlife enjoy it or collect the seed. Store the seed in slightly moist peat moss within a plastic lunch bag and keep in the refrigerator till spring.  Then plant the seed in spring and start your own tree farm.
  9. If you have access to a natural pond or lake the tree can be immersed in shallow water near the shoreline where it will create habitat for fish.

Anyone that used a live, balled tree should consider relocating it on a warmer day (40 degrees and up) to a garage or shed for a few days to acclimate to the seasonal temperatures.  Pre-dig the planting hole and don’t allow the backfill to freeze into an unworkable bowling ball.  Spray the tree with antidesiccant and plant it as soon as possible in 40 degree or better weather.  Water it in and apply a heavy coat of mulch at the base. If deer are an issue, use deer repellant or fencing to protect it from browsing. 

Have a Happy New Year and let’s hope 2021 will be a much better year for all of us.