Christmas trees at Lake Sinclair... what to do after Christmas

Cut live trees weighted down and put in the lake are great fish habitat. That's generally what happens to our tree annually.  Now you'll want to use common sense. Don't put it at the end of your dock where you will be jumping into the water once summer arrives, don't put it where you will drag your prop through it  when parking the boat.  If you have more than one tree a good rule of thumb is wiring them together to create a bigger fish habitat.  And placing them under the platform of your dock and weighting them down with concrete blocks is best. 

If it's a small tree one block is usually enough, medium to large trees I suggest two.  You should drill through the base of the tree and use coated wire to securely attach them to the concrete blocks.  most of the information I found wants the trees to be in an upright position, but that's not common on Sinclair, most people also weight down the top as well and place them under their dock for great fishing.

But I found a youtube video that I'm adding that shows the procedure used on a pond in Alabama.  The groups of trees (if you use 2 to 3) should last for 4 to 5 years before they need replacing.   You can certainly add from year to year and then in the years that Lake Sinclair has draw downs you can clean out from under your dock while the water is lowered in the fall for clean up and repairs. The next scheduled draw-down should be next fall (generally approved starting in late October)  Debe Maxwell, CRS asked how this is done after a comment on her post about recycling them in her market and inspired this post.  


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Comment balloon 7 commentsTammy Lankford, • December 29 2019 09:43PM


Good evening Tammy Lankford, - that is a great way to give your Christmas tree a second life.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 1 year ago

Tammy, I would have never thought of putting a tree into a lake.   You make valid points, and good info for Lake Sinclair residents.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 1 year ago

Hi Tammy,  Thanks for sharing this nice idea.  Great way to get another use out of your Christmas Tree - very ecological.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) about 1 year ago

I read yesterday that trees which are not sold are frequently used to create fish habitats in other areas- makes me feel less sad about the trees that aren't sold! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 1 year ago

Hi Tammy- it's a good way to create a fish habitat and to recycle our trees. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 1 year ago

I have never heard of that being done, but it sounds like the right thing to do.  I wonder if people do it in my area.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) about 1 year ago

I'm sorry I'm not there to take the tree down two years in a row.  But just water it in the yard until I get home.

Posted by Don Baker (Lane Realty) about 1 year ago